how long has my computer been on?

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  1. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a

    jackieonasses

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    (This is JackieOnasses's girlfriend)I want to know how long my ibook has been on- is there a way to figure that out? :confused:
     
  2. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    Yep.

    Finder->Applications->Utilities->Terminal.

    Inside the Terminal, type uptime and press return.

    Here's what mine is at the moment:

    It shows the current time; how long it's been up; how many users are logged on, and how busy the system has been 1, 5, and 15 (I think) minutes previously.

    That should cover you.
     
  3. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    I am not sure about total time. However, if you want to know how long it has been on in between reboots, you can open terminal and type 'uptime'.
     
  4. BakedBeans macrumors 68040

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    mine says 2 users also.... why im the only one who has used it
     
  5. nospleen macrumors 68000

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    You beat me to it! :p
     
  6. Brother Michael macrumors 6502a

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    roam-95-241:~/documents/programs mike$ uptime
    19:18 up 1 day, 2:01, 2 users, load averages: 1.20 0.86 0.67
    roam-95-241:~/documents/programs mike$ who
    mike console Sep 18 17:19
    mike ttyp1 Sep 19 19:08
    roam-95-241:~/documents/programs mike$

    I get the same thing.

    Mike
     
  7. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    From what I too get from the 'who' command, I'd have to guess that it counts the system login (ie you logged into Mac OS X as a user) and you opening a Terminal window as a separate user. I too get myself listed twice, once as 'console' and once as 'ttyp1'.
     
  8. Jsmit macrumors regular

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    If you open a second terminal shell, then you get 3 users. It seems that thequicksilver's guess is right. (edit spelling)
     
  9. stoid macrumors 601

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    A number years back, in the days of OS 9 (maybe 98 or 99), I remember some app that could tell you the hours of use of your computer. I think that it was Tech Tool Pro.
     
  10. bubbamac macrumors 6502

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    If you've got Konfabulator running, there's a widget that will tell you. It's a bit buggy, (just quit the widget and restart it) but it works.
     
  11. PeterBonnar macrumors member

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    If i remember correctly, a Unix geek at work said one user is you, the other one is the system itself.
    If you look in the activity moniter it tells you who started various applications. Root and your name will occur over and over. The system has more access to things then you do i.e. it has more admin rights. This is so you cannot get into the deep dark stuff adn alter files by accident. You you do want to alter the deep dark files at the core of unix when in the terminal you have to log in under a sudo login or something to be logged in with the same admin privaligaes as the system.


    I'm sure none of the above a. makes sense b. is correct, but thats what i was told.
     

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