# man rtfm

man rtfm

NAME

rtfm - a response for easy questions from clueless lusers

SYNOPSIS

rtfm [ -p ] [ -h ] [ -d option ] [ -i interval ] [ -a action ] [ -q
luser]

DESCRIPTION

rtfm is a command for system administrators to use in dealing with new
users. rtfm is useful for dealing with users having trouble with their
continue to run until killed by hand, using kill processid'. rtfm can
be invoked by anyone who has enough of a clue to know what a man page
is.

OPTIONS

-p
Give the answer in a polite fashion.
-h
Tell the clueless luser to go to hell. Used with the -p option,
they'll look forward to the trip.
-d option
Debug mode using option where option is one of the following:
query Ask the luser what part of rtfm that he or she does not
understand.
planet Ask what planet the luser is from.
english Ask the luser if the luser understands English.
Mac Ask the luser if the luser has ever used a computer other
than a Macintosh.
Nintendo Same as the Mac option, but slightly more harsh.
-i interval
Enable within interval seconds. interval is the time between a
luser asking the same damn fool question. This option must be
activated for the -a option. It stores the time of the question
in /var/run/luser and checks that file each time that rtfm is
activated. interval is a number of minutes, of the form xxx.xx
where each x is a decimal digit. The default is 5.00 minutes.
-a action
This defines some action to be taken in the event that the -i
flag condition is met. action can be defined either at the flag
level or by a file. The options for flags are as follows:
scream Let out a scream of utter frustration.
hair Rip out your hair in total frustration.
rm Automatic command ran in lusers home directory. It can have
ignore Ignore the luser.
forward Forward to CNS advising. Particularly if the complaint
is /dev/null is full.
kill Kill all the lusers processes.
FILE=file.name Use a file to define a course of actions. This
can be any executable file except those using ksh, which no
god-fearing right-thinking sysadmin would be caught using lest
he be struck down by the wrath of God.
-q luser
Query file /etc/luser to see if luser is a real luser or a
first time luser.

FILES

/etc/luser

mr.biff(2),

BUGS

rtfm only checks /var/run/luser when the -a option is specified and
after the -i option is invoked. Otherwise /tmp would fill up rapidly
on many systems. Also, core may dump if the -a FILE= option is
anatomically impossible.