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Is there a way to monitor commands that are executed on an ubuntu system? basically i am looking for something like a key logger but only for commands executed.

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Are you looking for your commands or for commands from all users? Or even only for your commands for a specific session (e.g. see script)? If you are looking on spying on other users, then please realise that I used the term spying. –  Hennes Sep 23 '13 at 16:28

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I am thinking that you could look into the BASH history file? From the BASH MAN page "On startup, the history is initialized from the file named by the variable HISTFILE (default ~/.bash_history)."

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