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   Linux FAQ > 10. Frequently Encountered Error Messages
Question:  10.21. ``You don't exist. Go away.''
Answer:

This is not a viral infection. It comes from programs like write, talk, and wall, if your invoking UID doesn't correspond to a valid user (probably due to /etc/passwd being corrupted), or if the session (pseudoterminal, specifically) you're using isn't properly registered in the utmp file (probably because you invoked it in a funny way).


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