Mac OS X Tip: Uptime and W

April 7, 2014

A while back, I needed to check the uptime of my Mac. To my delight, there are two simple commands in the terminal: uptime and w

Uptime will return simply the uptime of the system.

kenneths-mbp:~ kenneth$ uptime
 9:50  up 34 days, 14:17, 2 users, load averages: 1.50 2.38 4.74

It will return the system uptime and the logged in users. If you see two users like I did, that’s because you are logged in twice: once in the desktop and once in the terminal.

kenneths-mbp:~ kenneth$ w
 9:50  up 34 days, 14:18, 2 users, load averages: 1.49 2.28 4.60
USER     TTY      FROM              LOGIN@  IDLE WHAT
kenneth  console  -                03Mar14 34days -
kenneth  s000     -                Sat10       - w   

That’s my tip for the day.


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