From: "Grant Taylor via cctalk" <cctalk at classiccmp.org> To:
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Sent: Thursday, May 30, 2019 1:30:51 PM
Subject: Process accounting - did anyone ever use it?
(Credit the Quotas thread for prompting this.)
Did anyone ever use process accounting? Did they actually
(funny money)? I was always intrigued by process
accounting, but never had a use
for it myself. I guess I can thank process accounting
causing the discrepancy
that Cliff Stole tracked down that became The
Not exactly sure what you are asking about, but if you mean
run time accounting to bill users, then we did this on one
system I managed. We depended on the other department's
contributions to fund the total expenses of the machine
(purchase price plus software and hardware maintenance
contracts), which were pretty expensive on a VAX 11/780.
Somewhere, deep in the bowels of the University's accounting
department, they transferred several thousand $ of "real
money" per month to our account. The bill varied depending
on how much CPU time they used. I wrote some DCL scripts to
roll over the accounting file daily, and then break it down
by user and compute a $ amount based on a formula that had
been agreed upon.
It is Clifford Stoll, IIRC.