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Old 10-17-2006, 02:58 PM   #1
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idle timeout for linux console

Hello everyone, I had a question about Linux console timeout.

Does anyone know how to configure for terminals (tty1, tty2, etc) to force a timeout on a user that has been idle (inactive) for XX minutes?
A couple of points

(1) we aren't using Xwindows
(2) this is not for SSH/telnet, this is for the console sessions

Thanks in advance..
Old 10-17-2006, 04:43 PM   #2
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With a quick google I found this page:!INDEX.html

The program "idled" that is listed looks like it does what you want from a quick look through the source code. Note that I have not actually tried the program, so use at your own risk.


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