[Beowulf] Users abusing screen
Ellis H. Wilson III
ellis at runnersroll.com
Sat Oct 22 08:02:35 EDT 2011
On 10/21/11 15:14, Andrew Piskorski wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 09:10:18AM -0400, Prentice Bisbal wrote:
>> My opinion is these these are shared resources, and if you aren't
>> interactively using them, you should log out to free up resources for
> "running under screen" != "non-interactive".
What I think Prentice was pointing out here was more along the lines of:
"non-interactive" >= "running under screen" <= interactive
Where interactivity is more of a spectrum than a != or =. More
pointedly, he stated his users are acting in a non-interactive manner,
in some cases even after they leave, which is irresponsible at all
levels. Obviously he has to balance a rule-set between the good users
and the bad users, such that abuse isn't quite as easy.
>> I would like to remove screen from my environment entirely to prevent
>> this. My fellow sysadmins here agree. I'm expecting massive backlash
>> from the users.
> No shit. If you allow users to login at all, then (IMNSHO) removing
> screen is insane. That's not a solution to your problem, that's
> creating a totally new problem and pretending it's a solution.
Insane? I mean, I do a lot of work on a bunch of different distros and
hardware types, and have found little use for screen /unless/ I was on a
really, really poor internet connection that cut out on the minutes
level. Can you give some examples regarding something you can do with
screen you cannot do with nohup and tail?
> I essentially always use screen whenever I ssh to any Linux box for
> any reason.
But why? Just leave a terminal open if you want interactivity,
otherwise nohup something. Perhaps I've understated screen's
usefulness, but I'm glad to be corrected/educated on it's efficacy in
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