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Knowing When Mac Was Last Used
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Apr 11, 2008, 02:28 PM
 
Hi,

If there was a new install of leopard on a computer would there be any way of finding out when it was last used by such things as the EFI? if so, how can I access that kind of information.

I'm dealign with a client who says they didn't use the laptop (not even turned it out) after a certain date and would like to check this.

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Apr 11, 2008, 03:18 PM
 
I guess you can look in the Console to see time stamps. I'm not sure what else you could do.

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Apr 11, 2008, 03:23 PM
 
Would the filesystem logs have anything?
     
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Apr 11, 2008, 05:31 PM
 
As a tech, I've got to wonder why you're interested in proving this kind of thing? So the client says he hasn't been on his computer in x number of days/weeks/ etc... what does it matter? What's the underlying issue you're trying to fix?

Now ... if your an attorney or barrister, then thats another thing. You'll need to take it to a computer forensics' specialist and have them dump the hdd logs and such.

Telling us more about what you're doing would help us figure out how to get what you're after.
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Apr 11, 2008, 11:07 PM
 
/var/log/secure.log should contain login data, and you'll likely have some stuff in /var/log/messages and/or /var/log/system.log as well.
     
   
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