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Title text: And every day it gets harder to fight the urge to su to the user and freak people out.
The background images show output from the the
ps command of Unix computer system, that lists the programmes a user is running. If a user is not able to log out, their processes would continue to run until stopped by a reboot. If a user were to die while logged in their still running programs would be a reminder of them to other users.
This comic supposes that an administrator is unwilling to reboot a machine which has still running processes from a presumably deceased user named "sam". The final joke refers to the command line interface called a shell, and a particular type of shell called zshell, and the expression "Ghost in the machine". The other process that sam appears to be running is irssi, a realtime chat client.
To "su to the user" is to use the ability of an root user to become other users, thereby giving the impression that "sam" or his ghost had logged in again.
- [The text is over a white-on-black terminal showing a bit of output from ps -el, with processes running from root and sam.]
- When a user dies, their connections time out,
- but their screen sessions linger.
- [The end of the command line is a |grep sam.]
- The server's uptime grows
- because you can't bring yourself to reboot
- and wipe out
- their last earthly presence
- [The processes listed are screen, zsh, irssi, and grep sam.]
- the ghost in zshell.
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