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I want to be able to setup a MySQL database and record all commands issued on my server by username and command. Is this possible, and if so, how would I set it up?

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do you want this in real time or periodically updated - for example once a day? I would suggest regular review of users history file but it will left you with possibility of users removing specific entries from their history files. But there is a tool called script and it can log all commands to a txt file. You can add script command to users .profile file and restrict the editing of this file. – mnmnc Dec 17 '12 at 14:17

You could

  • play with PROMPT_COMMAND if you want this in real-time (each line), this could be something like:

    PROMPT_COMMAND='echo mysql -c "INSERT $(history 1|sed "s/^ *[0-9]* *//")"'

    this could be stored in your $HOME/.bashrc.

  • play with $HOME/.bash_logout if you prefer digest at each logout. this could let you begin your own script, try adding something like this to your .profile

    if [ "$HISTFILE" ] ;then
        export OHISTFILE="$HISTFILE"
        export HISTFILE=$(mktemp $HOME/.bash_history_XXXXXXXX)
        touch $HISTFILE
        history -a
        cat >>"$OHISTFILE" "$HISTFILE"
        mysql -c "INSERT ... $(<$HISTFILE).."
        rm $HISTFILE
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This is linked to How to find out which ssh key was used. – F. Hauri May 9 '14 at 12:00

If you are using bash or zsh, there is a project trying to accomplish this: advanced-shell-history .. Its abhorrent build system (read the Makefile before you go all make install) might be the reason why it hasn't been included in distributions - am working on it and will push upstream, then report back :)

If you want a history for the plain mysql cli shell, rlwrap could be of use:

This package provides a small utility that uses the GNU readline library to allow the editing of keyboard input for any other command. Input history is remembered across invocations, separately for each command; history completion and search work as in bash and completion word lists can be specified on the command line.

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