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Possible 'finger' bug?

From: Peter Butler
Subject: Possible 'finger' bug?
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2002 12:42:00 -0400

In addition to the possible 'who' bug (see below), looks like 'finger' might 
have a little gremlin in it as well (assuming it's not the kernel).

The following 2 lines (among others) are printed with 'finger":

peter     Peter Butler  *pts/19   113d  Apr 22 17:20
peter     Peter Butler  *pts/21   113d  Apr 22 17:24

Note the 113 days of idle time.  These 2 entries correspond to the 'who' bug 
explained in the original email (see below).

The reason this is weird is because the system has not been UP for 113 days!

address@hidden (10)] uptime
 12:41pm  up 106 days, 20:45, 19 users,  load average: 1.12, 1.13, 1.14

address@hidden (11)] uname -a
Linux bart 2.4.2-2 #1 Sun Apr 8 20:41:30 EDT 2001 i686 unknown

Original email describing possible 'who' bug

Possible bug with 'who', or kernel?

I have a couple of entries listed when I do a 'who' that I can't seem to get 
rid of (other than rebooting).  I've even gone so far as to take my system 
down to INIT runlevel 1 (single-user mode) and kill all extraneous processes 
(so that only the kernel threads and the single-user mode bash shell are 
running) and yet I still always see:

peter    pts/19   Apr 22 17:20
peter    pts/21   Apr 22 17:24

My computer is still in this 'state' so if there is anything you want me to 
look at (yo get you some more debug info) let me know.



Peter Butler
Software Engineer, Signaling Systems Group
Performance Technologies Inc.
Tel: 613-237-4284 x. 244
Fax: 613-237-5277

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