Ghosted logins in w/who

Jeremy Chadwick jdc at
Tue Apr 9 02:28:38 UTC 2013

On Mon, Apr 08, 2013 at 08:56:42PM -0500, damonray at wrote:
> I recently upgraded to FreeBSD 9.1-STABLE, and there was a strange
> added side effect.
> Users that telnet into the machine seem to have their logins forever
> ghosted in who/w.
> If a user connects via telnet, then logs out, their login still
> remains in the w/who. If another user logins in with the pty they had,
> whatever they do also shows up in the ghosted w/who of the previous
> user using that pty.
> For example:
> User X logs in, runs BitchX. Detaches the process and logs out.User Y
> logs in, gets assigned User X's previous pty, who/w now reports that
> user is running BitchX. That user has no access to the BitchX session
> or anything, it's just being displayed weird in who/w.
> I seem to remember this problem like a decade ago and I had written a
> script or there was a script that passed around called clearlogin.
> Any ideas? Thanks all!Damon

Is GNU screen involved?  It sounds like it.

Try to repeat the problem without GNU screen.

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