who/w/utx.active inconsistencies/phantoms

R. Scott Evans freebsd-questions at rsle.net
Mon May 5 13:54:55 UTC 2014

On 05/03/14 12:18, Patrick wrote:
> I've got a FreeBSD 9.2 system, and I've noticed that for whatever reason,
> SSH session disconnects are not being picked up properly, leaving who/w
> (ie. /var/run/utx.active) to show a bunch of phantom logins. I've not seen
> this on our 8.x systems. Just wondering if there are any known issues
> around this? The only configuration around logging in that isn't default is
> we have "UseLogin yes" set in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.
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I have the same problem on a FreeBSD 9.2 system and I never had the 
problem prior to 9.x.  I do have many other FreeBSD 9.2 systems where 
this doesn't happen, but those boxes are ssh access only with only 4 
admin users logging in whereas my problem box also permits telnet access 
and has maybe 10 or so logging in on a regular basis.  Up to now I had 
been thinking telnet was the culprit?


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