Linux 2.6 - man page for ctluser (linux section 8)
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ctluser - control lusers
ctluser [ -h ] [ -m ] command [ argument... ]
Ctluser sends a message to the control channel of a given luser(8) This command can only
be run by the sysadmin(1)
In the normal mode of behavior, the message is sent to the luser's brain, which then per-
forms the requested action and sends back a reply with a text message and the exit code
for ctluser. If the luser's brain successfully performed the command, ctluser will exit
with a status of zero and print the reply on standard output.
The ``-m'' flag is used to display an MPEG of the results of the given command on the con-
sole of the sysadmin(1) Note that this requires the sysadmin(1) to be running an X server.
To see a command summary, use the ``-h'' flag. If a command is included when ctluser is
invoked with the ``-h'' flag, then only the usage for that command will be given.
The complete list of commands follows. Note that all commands have a fixed number of
arguments. If a parameter can be an empty string, then it is necessary to specify it as
two adjacent quotes, like "".
Add an entry to the luser's employment record.
Allow a luser to use the computer system again. The reason must be the same text
given with an earlier ``reject'' command. Note that this command is currently not
Begin a new luser(1) with the given file. Note that this command is currently not
Causes a process of a luser to be killed
Changes a luser from their current workgroup to the one specified.
Forces a user to return to a paper based system
drop Causes a large mass to drop onto the luser from a great height.
Destorys all logs of the actions done by the sysadmin(1) to the luser.
The luser is fired for the given reason.
hangup Makes the luser hang themselves
mode Displays the operating mode of the luser
Causes a luser to make their own newgroup up
Makes the luser pause for the given thought. Note that this may cause some lusers
Makes the luser shutdown. This is essentially the same as killing them
Sends the given signal to the luser
Causes the luser to throttle themselves
trace item flag
Gives the sysadmin(1) information on what the luser is doing.
Ctluser sometimes has the effect of lusers complaining the to management. The use of
bosskill(8) maybe required at this point.
Written by Simon Burr <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Based upon the manual page for ctlinnd(8), part
of the InterNetNews system.
luser(1), sysadmin(1), bosskill(8)
19 October 1995 CTLUSER(8)
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