24 May 2002 jmelesky   » (Apprentice)

Earlier today, a coworker asked me to give him some help because he was no longer able to commit to the cvs repository. Didn't have permission or somesuch.

I check several things on our repository server. Yep, he's part of that group, yep, that project has the right ownership and right permissions, yep, the partition hasn't randomly filled up.

So i sit down in front of his terminal, and he mentions casually that he's been toying around with ksh. Huh?

Given that, i check to see if the alias he was trying to use even existed. It didn't.

"Yeah, and a bit with tcsch, too."

This was met with a full-on eyebrow raising.

So i logged him out of his current shell. And was dropped into another one.

Then i did it again. This time i received the prompt "[\U][\w]:", which was darkly amusing.

Again. I get a "%". Cute.

Again. Again. Again, cycling through a couple permutations of the prompt, and again. Until i had finally managed to get back to his original login shell.

I counted up and realized he had nested over ten shells deep away from his original login. I looked askance in his general direction.

He grinned, a bit embarassed, and waved me away, thanking me and offering assurance that he wouldn't run off into shell-land like that again.

Which wasn't really what i wanted, but hey.

Ten nested shells!

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