And it happened
: the end
finally came. After going on co-op
s in a row, the end finally had to come: the death of my WPI UNIX account
. It was a sad day, but I decided to have fun with it. I stayed logged on, and saw a bit of the dark-side of the UNIX system. A bit of life
from beyond the grave
It started like any other day:
Digital UNIX (reno.WPI.EDU) (ttyt9)
Last login: Tue Jan 23 05:07:08 from (my ip here)
Digital UNIX V4.0G (Rev. 1530); Mon Jan 8 16:16:21 EST 2001
Tru64 UNIX V4.0G (Rev. 1530)
CCC Station - Authorized Use Only
Mail all questions or problems to the address firstname.lastname@example.org or use the
help command to view the CCC Helpdesk web at http://www.wpi.edu/+CCC/Help.
Please use the aup command to view the Acceptable Use Policy of the WPI network.
Ahh yes. MOTD
! How I will miss you. To Tru64
, and those who came before you, it will be sad when we part
. Those bits of wisdom every login, the short administration messages; they shall never be forgotten.
jbonci@reno jbonci - 14:08:00> u
aiche amanda andreav anshul balisttj berezkin bobbfett brianb cdarmetk cdarmetk
cra cra cshoemak cwai dgelinas dgelinas eqnox ering falcor falcor falcor gbabey
harley helpdesk hienn jacorn jayachan jbonci jessm jim jmodel jpan khoffman liz
marka mato mikep mizar mzhq nanchen noodles nouf nra pasha pesch pgill rae rskib
a russell seths seths shardy snj starla stephc sying theashia tpouliot vishal wh
obey worsham worsham worsham worsham worsham zeppelin
(u is aliased to users
) There I am, among the proud users of the system... jbonci
... for the last time as a living, executing UID.
jbonci@reno jbonci - 16:52:35> u
aiche amanda anshul balisttj berezkin bobbfett cdn cra cshoemak cwai dgelinas dw
fritz eqnox falcor falcor falcor gbabey helpdesk jacorn jayachan jbonci jessm ji
m jmodel jnick kerrylee liz longj marka nouf nra orion orion pgill rae russell s
hardy sjohnson sjohnson sjohnson staceyl starla yangj
(jbonci has been nuke
d by this time). Ahh, users
, you remember
me. There is much sorrow in my heart, yet you uplift my spirits in this time of darkness.
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:35:41> ls
. not found
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:35:43> ls -al
. not found
O gracious home directory
, you are ruined
! Your large luxurious quota
s were once filled with program
s and web pages
... now it is reduced
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:35:46> whoami
, you just knew me. How can you blow the whistle on such a friend
. I am leaving soon; I know I am no longer welcome
here. Allow me to say my goodbyes.
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:39:17> pine
Who are you? (Unable to look up login name)
, sweet pine
, surely there must be some mail
for me. A note from a friend, or a note from an anonymous mailing list. Something, please, oh gracious pine. Comfort
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:43:22> ps aux | grep jbonci
1905 11633 0.0 0.1 1.85M 360K ttyt9 S + 17:43:29 0:00.01 grep jbonci
Alas, I do not even own my own login process. All of it, stripped from me... Despair. On borrowed time, I see, and a lost process.
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:43:32> u
acfox aiche amanda anshul ataheri balisttj berezkin bobbfett cdn cra cshoemak cw
ai dgelinas dwfritz eqnox falcor falcor falcor garydb gbabey glor jacorn jayacha
n jbonci jessemba jessm jim jmodel jnick kaska kerrylee liz lthomps mamante mark
a matin motoxer nra orion orion orion pcooper pgill rae russell serg shardy shiv
ani sjohnson sjohnson sjohnson spho starla yangj
, your comfort is well received again in my final days, for I am among the logged in
, if not the living.
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:48:51> f jbonci
There is no user jbonci at WPI; check your spelling.
Then the circle is complete
has come over this over this old hallowed user
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:51:33> rlogin reno
You don't exist, go away!
Am I but I spectre
in the system? Surely I exist, for I am before you now! How can you deny what your system call
s have given you? Your man pages may not mention me, and I may be without a name, but surely, I exist dear rlogin
jbonci@reno jbonci - 17:51:40> top -s 0
load averages: 4.34, 4.12, 3.93
218 processes: 4 running, 2 waiting, 56 sleeping, 152 idle, 1 stopped, 3 zombie
CPU states: 66.1% user, 0.0% nice, 33.8% system, 0.0% idle
Memory: Real: 176M/367M act/tot Virtual: 185M/628M use/tot Free: 39M
PID USERNAME PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE TIME CPU COMMAND
21080 ksalamon 50 0 12M 1777K run 11:24 20.10% emacs
25261 1905 50 0 3584K 729K run 0:03 20.00% top
1905, a number
from my past. I knew it well
, but now, no longer
. I shall leave this place now, knowing that my bits may remain in memory for some time
. It knew my programs
, my scripts
, my errors
... It knew my aliases, my X settings, my pine prefs. It knew me, so close, and now it is gone... Nslookup
me some time, and we'll get together
. Maybe we'll share an RPC
call again, but never so intimately as we were
. I depart from this system
, into the next, as so it is completed, my final days.
Note: The actual event did happen. Those are real error messages.