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I want to logout my Mac OS X from the command line. My OS X version is 10.9. I tried command pkill -KILL -u uid, but this command didn't work out. Is there a command that can be used to log out a user from the system using command line only, not AppleScript?

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what exactly didn't work out? –  patrix Apr 7 at 13:27
on running the command pkill -KILL -u uid the system shows me a grey screen and on waiting for long the system shows the force quit window with no application running –  prateeak ojha Apr 7 at 13:29

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This has worked for me in the past:

Log out (with confirmation)

osascript -e 'tell app "System Events" to log out'

Log out directly (no confirmation)

osascript -e 'tell app "System Events" to  «event aevtrlgo»'


osascript -e 'tell application "loginwindow" to  «event aevtrlgo»'

This way any running application will get noticed and can terminate in a safe fashion.

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osascript -e 'tell app "System Events" to «event aevtrlgo»' showing error: a "<" cant go sfter this to . –  prateeak ojha Apr 7 at 13:34
Hmm, works ok for me. Can you try from a shell script instead of the command line, maybe the shell does some strange stuff here. –  patrix Apr 7 at 13:43
I'm guessing the OP has some other issue and the normal commands are getting hung up from the comments here and the question description. –  bmike Apr 7 at 16:49

Just kill the loginwindow process.

sudo pkill loginwindow

You could get fancy and specify the user if multiple users have a loginwindow process, but this is an easy one shot, no prompt way to end a user's graphical session.

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