How To Logoff User Forcibly in Linux? – POFTUT

How To Logoff User Forcibly in Linux?

We have some servers to manage. There are some user access to our server. We want to them log off or kill their processes by terminating. How can be achieve this?

List Logged On Users

We can logout other users forcibly like below. Keep in mind we need to be root to complete this command. First we will list currently logged in users with the who command. We can use w command alternatively to list users.

List Logged On Users

List Logged On Users

Logout From GUI or Desktop Environment

Different desktop environments provides GUI menus in order to logout from current session. In this example we will logout the user ismail from and XFCE desktop environment session. From right corner by clicking the user name we will list some menu which provides actions like Lock Screen , Suspend , Shutdown and Log Out . We can use Log Out button in order to logout from current user session.

Logout From GUI or Desktop Environment

Logout From GUI or Desktop Environment

logout Command

We can logout from current Linux user from terminal with the logout command.

logout Command

logout Command

Logout Current User

We will use pkill command. This command will kill all processes owned by the given user with the -u option. In this example we know that the user ismail is logged in. We will log out the user  ismail . We will also provide the -KILL option which will kill all processes related with the user ismail . Keep in mind that this will suddenly stop all this user related processes. This

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  • User -u test2 is logout
  • pkill is the command which will send signals to the provided user processes
  • -KILL is the kill signal to the specified user processes.

 

How To Logout Logoff User Forcibly in Linux? Infografic

How To Logout Logoff User Forcibly in Linux? Infografic

How To Logout Logoff User Forcibly in Linux? Infografic

 

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