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luser - process to control the clueless individuals who (mis)use
computer systems, peripheral 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 flags.
With no flags, luser deletes every running process owned by the
-d Disk reclamation mode. Remove all files in the home directory of
Grovel mode. Causes the specified luser to make an act of
contrition to the sysadmin 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
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 his/her failings.
4 User commits ritual suicide by sucking on a power strip and
grounding himself to a conduit.
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
Occasionally, the luser may survive the effects of luser -g4. In that
event, a second invocation of the command will usually prove to be
Written by Eric L. Pederson <email@example.com>.
25 September 1995 LUSER(8)