Thread: A question for exprienced Unix Administrators

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    A question for exprienced Unix Administrators

    There are two Unix systems that I use that support over 100 people at any given time. On both of these sytems, it shows the admin idle for like 16 days. When I looked the admins processes, all it shows is them idiling at the shell. I asked someone on the one system why the admin idled. They told me "They are really busy, you just don't see it."

    So the questions are...

    1)How does the admin fake his idle time?

    2)What is the purpose of faking the idle time?

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    and the hat of int overfl Salem's Avatar
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    First guess, they have many terminal sessions on the go, and they don't use all of them all of the time.

    Second guess, it's a privilege thing. You (as a normal user) are not allowed to see information on super-user processes.

    Third guess, the accounting system has been configured to omit admin activity.

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    Officially An Architect brewbuck's Avatar
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    I'm looking around on my desktop and I have several terminal windows that have been open for days with no activity. Why? Uh... Because I forgot to close them? Because I might need them later?

    The real question is:

    How does brewbuck fake his idle time, and why does he fake it?

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