sysadmin – responsible for everything imaginable that may
or may not have to do with the system you’re using. Con-
traction of “system” and “administrator”
sysadmin [-ab] [-cd] [-ef] etc……
sysadmin takes care of everything, is generally harangued,
must be supplied with coffee, chocolate, and alcohol in
order to function properly, cannot be exposed to direct
sunlight, and must not be allowed to have a life.
sysadmin is not intended as a user interface routine;
other programs provide user-friendly front ends; sysadmin
is used by everyone who can track him [her] down.
With no flags, sysadmin reads its standard input up to an
EOF, or a line which sysadmin wishes to parse, and then
proceeds to ignore it entirely and read news all day. When
invoked with the -w option, sysadmin reads standard input
and responds according to terms of job description.
-bofh Go into Bastard Operator From Hell mode. This
option causes sysadmin to use tools stored in the
/usr/lib/bofh directory to parse the standard input
and route user tasks appropriately.
-cd causes sysadmin to become caffeine-deprived,
resulting in system slowdowns.
-b causes the sysadmin to function normally while aug-
menting the standard input with beer(5). Can be
used with the -t option as well, depending upon
which version of sysadmin you are running.
-t causes the sysadmin to smoke tobacco, which can
result in significant performance improvement, pro-
vided you are running the correct version of sysad-
-Cfile Specify an alternate configuration file (sysad-
min.cf is the standard).
-dX set debuggin value to X.
Set the full name of the sysadmin.
-Bf Create the sysadmin.cf configuration freeze file.
-lname Sets the name of the “luser” person (that is,
originator of a given request). -l can only be used
by “trusted” users (who are listed in sysadmin.cf).
The -t option should not be used with a version of sysad-
min which is not capable of parsing tobacco input. Though
the functionality of this command may seem similar to the
-b option, it should not be confused with that or the
related -c option.