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In my workplace, we have shared Linux machines to which all employees log on to do their work. However, a simple 'w' command gives me a list of who's logged in and what they're doing. The same applies for me when others use the 'w' command (even non-admin users can see it).

However, I'd like to maintain some privacy and not let others know what command I'm running currently. Is there some way I could achieve this obfuscation/privacy in Linux?

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Persuade the administrator that this is an issue and that they should apply a solution such as grsecurity or SELinux

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Make local copies of the commands and rename them.

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Is there nothing that may be done at the my end? Getting the admin to make any changes can be a problem. :( –  Mindstorm May 1 '12 at 13:48
    
@Mindstorm: See update –  RedGrittyBrick May 1 '12 at 13:50

It would have to be done by the sys admin. Depending on what you are trying to hide, users can also see the processes you are running using the 'ps -ef' command.

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