Linux 2.6 - man page for luser (linux section 8)
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luser - process to control the clueless individuals who (mis)use computer systems, periph-
eral devices and system administrators. Word play on "loser" and "user".
luser [-d] [-g<level>] [-s] <lusername>
luser is the primary tool a system administrator uses to manage end-user requests. This
powerful tool can actually cause the specified user to perform actions as specified by the
With no flags, luser deletes every running process owned by the specified <lusername>.
-d Disk reclamation mode. Remove all files in the home directory of <lusername>.
Grovel mode. Causes the specified luser to make an act of contrition to the sysad-
min for past sins. The <level> indicates the severity of the contrition:
0 User makes a sincere apology and promises to never do it again.
1 User buys sysadmin a large quantity of sysadmin's favorite beverage.
2 User signs over ownership of his/her car to sysadmin.
3 User resigns from the company after writing a long letter of apology detailing
4 User commits ritual suicide by sucking on a power strip and grounding himself to a
Sysadmins are encouraged to use the -s option as a way to smarten up the world's user
base. Use the -g option at level 4 outside the confines of the machine room. The more
lusers that witness the act, the better.
Occasionally, the luser may survive the effects of luser -g4. In that event, a second
invocation of the command will usually prove to be fatal.
Written by Eric L. Pederson <email@example.com>.
25 September 1995 LUSER(8)
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