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Old 06-24-2005, 03:19 PM   #1
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Automatic Screen Lock


Is there a way to set an automatic screen lock after a certain amount of time in RHEL 3.0? Also, can this be set on the machine regardless of who is logged in? You'll have to forgive my Windows frame of mind, but I'm looking for something similar to Group Policy in Windows, where I can set these types of security settings per machine that applies to whichever user is logged in. So if I logged in as root and set up an automatic screen lock, would this work when a regular user logged in. The other issue is how would this work with NIS authentication?

Any suggestions or advice are greatly appreciated..

Old 06-25-2005, 08:20 AM   #2
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Check the settings for Xscreensaver as it offers the option to lock screen. Just set the timeout and select lock screen and your good to go.
Old 06-25-2005, 10:17 AM   #3
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I should point out here that this will only work if you run xscreensaver as root during the login manager (see documentation for xdm, kdm, gdm [/i]etc.[/i]), otherwise (if it's run as a regular user) then individual users can override this setting when they are logged in. In this case, you'll need the root user's password to unlock the terminal.


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