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Authored by: robh on Jul 12, '01 05:03:46AM

Why on earth would you want to terminate another user's shell ?.
It's not a friendly thing to be doing on a multiuser system.
Root privileges on a multiuser system need to be used responsibly
or you won't be very popular.



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Authored by: robg on Jul 12, '01 10:06:46AM

The question originally came up in response to a crashed machine - the user was still showing up, even though they were no longer there...

-rob.



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Authored by: robh on Jul 12, '01 01:08:16PM

ah, I see. In that case this is more a question of killing off a rogue process rather than kicking off an unwanted user.



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Authored by: owain_vaughan on Jul 13, '01 11:44:15AM

Yeah, I do something similar to my script on a Solaris machine where the Mac OS 8 NiftyTelnet has timed out, leaving login shells and stale utmp entries lying around.



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