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Sometimes when there are too many users logged in it can cause my computer to become very slow and laggy due to low amount of available RAM. I would like to be able to quickly log out the other users from the command line instead of manually switching into each user and logging them out.

Is this possible?

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this is one answer

who -u

that give you the PID

Then you can kill the user session.

kill "pid"

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This works but it has some strange side effects. – Alvin Row Nov 8 '10 at 23:16
@DoR ...which are..? – Oli Nov 8 '10 at 23:48
@Oli Such as GDM restarting, and trying to switch to a user that I killed not working. – Alvin Row Nov 8 '10 at 23:56

You may use who to check which users are logged in:


You can log-out the user by sending the KILL signal to the user-process with:

sudo pkill -KILL -u <username>

(which is same as sudo pkill -9 -u <username>)


sudo pkill -9 -u guest-2Rw4Lq

(to kill a guest session user named guest-2Rw4Lq)

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This worked best for me. Simply running kill "pid" left a ton of processes by the user still running, where this killed them all. – thebaer Aug 30 at 18:42

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