CTLUSER(8)CTLUSER(8)NAMEctluser - control lusers
SYNOPSISctluser [ -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 sta‐
tus 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 "".
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 implemented.
Begin a new luser(1) with the given file. Note that this com‐
mand is currently not implemented.
Causes a process of a luser to be killed
Changes a luser from their current workgroup to the one speci‐
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
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 to crash
Makes the luser shutdown. This is essentially the same as
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 manage‐
ment. The use of bosskill(8) maybe required at this point.
Written by Simon Burr <email@example.com>. Based upon the manual page for
ctlinnd(8), part of the InterNetNews system.
SEE ALSOluser(1), sysadmin(1), bosskill(8)
19 October 1995 CTLUSER(8)