Running top without a shell -- more questions

Anthony Atkielski atkielski.anthony at
Sat Feb 5 14:54:02 PST 2005

Loren M. Lang writes:

LML> Right now I have two login processes running, one for each virtual
LML> console I am logged in at the moment, though my ssh login shells don't
LML> have any login processes for them.  My guess is that there staying
LML> around for some cleanup work to do at logout.  I think it might be
LML> related to the pam session management modules like changing certain file
LML> permissions when a shell logs in and out and it just happens that only
LML> my virtual consoles need to do any cleanup jobs.  If it is pam doing it,
LML> you might be able change it's configuration, but I don't think it's a
LML> big deal security wise.

I don't mind the overhead of the process, as long as it's not something
"abnormal" or a security risk.  I don't see it for my other logins, but
then again, they are all ssh logins, which apparently are handled
differently (does login even get invoked for ssh users?).


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