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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 performs 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 console 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 "".

       addhist <entry>
              Add an entry to the luser's employment record.

       allow reason
              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 implemented.

       begin name
              Begin a new luser(1)  with  the  given  file.   Note  that  this
              command is currently not implemented.

       cancel pid
              Causes a process of a luser to be killed

       changegroup group
              Changes  a  luser  from  their  current  workgroup  to  the  one

              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

       go reason
              The luser is fired for the given reason.

       hangup Makes the luser hang themselves

       mode   Displays the operating mode of the luser

       newgroup group
              Causes a luser to make their own newgroup up

       pause thought
              Makes the luser pause for the given thought.  Note that this may
              cause some lusers to crash

       shutdown reason
              Makes the luser  shutdown.  This  is  essentially  the  same  as
              killing them

       signal sig
              Sends the given signal to the luser

       throttle reason
              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 <>. Based upon the manual page for
       ctlinnd(8), part of the InterNetNews system.


       luser(1), sysadmin(1), bosskill(8)

                                19 October 1995                     CTLUSER(8)