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    How do a kick a user, that doesn't show up in ps?

    Alright here is the problem. I let a buddy log into my machine (I trust him) and he is long since done with what he was doing but he still shows up when I do a who. But I can't find any trace of him in ps.

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    jrobbins@jeff:[~]
    [09:02 AM]:who
    jrobbins vc/1         May 26 09:01
    nvilla   pts/10       Mar 25 13:57 (xxx.xxxxxx.com)
    
    jrobbins@jeff:[~]
    [10:31 AM]:ps auxwww | grep nvilla
    jrobbins 20561  0.0  0.1  1828  632 pts/2    R    10:31   0:00 grep nvilla
    Other than annoying, this really isn't a problem. I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas.

    Thanks.
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    do a "ps -aux --forest"

    find the root process for nvilla and kill that pid

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    then who would want to anyway

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    Hey, that's slick!
    It's been way too long since I've read "man ps"

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    Thanks for the reply di||. But I still can't find his root process, actually I can't find ANY process that belongs to that user [nvilla]. Even a "ps -auxfwww" doesn't turn anything up. I am wondering, since he has long since logged out, that a "who" pulls its information from somewhere specific that never got updated properly. I have looked into /var/log/wtmp but it is a binary file. Any other ideas?

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    I'm guessing that, if you're not running a server, a reboot has already solved the problem. If you are running a server, or you're going for some kind of uptime record, remove the user, and the group associated with it, then create a guest account yourself, giving it the access you want, and make your computer mooching friends use it for their logins.

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