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Old 10-24-2003, 08:39 PM   #1
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Disable keyboard & remote administration

Iím using openssh to remotely administrate a linux box and I would like to temporary disable the remote keyboard while I'm working on the remote box.

Windows based remote-control solutions like RemotelyAnywhere & Netsupport offer the option of locking the user's keyboard and mouse or/and blanking the local screen.

Is it possible to temporary disable the keyboard on a linux box?

Thanks in advance.
Old 10-25-2003, 10:07 AM   #2
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In answer to your question: not that I'm aware of. However, perhaps you're misunderstanding how ssh works - when you connect to the machine remotely, it doesn't affect any locally logged in users. They wouldn't even know you were there unless they looked for you.

If you're really desperate to kick off local users for some reason, you can mess with the init system to get rid of gettys (not literally disabling the keyboard, but preventing user interaction).


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