SUMMARY: xlock idle console

From: Jorge Portugal Andrade (
Date: Tue Jan 17 1995 - 21:43:10 CST

 My original post was about xlocking idle worstation consoles. Till now i
received just one answer from David Keegel <> that is
good enought, so i'm summarizing.


 Hi Sun Managers.

 I have a network of sun's. One of them is NIS server. They all had
SunOS 4.1.1 and 4.1.3.
 I have an account with no password named lock, and the shell is a binary
that "only" calls xlock. The file .openwin-menu (read-only) is like:

"Lock Screen" exec xlock
"Exit..." EXIT

 This is fine because when a workstation console is idle (no user at
console), users can lock them. The purpose is to preserve the screen,
not to *LOCK* the console.
 Recently, i upgraded 3 SPARC 10 to SunOS 5.3 (solaris 2.3). Now, when i
login as user lock it prompts me for a new password and changes it in NIS :-)
 This is a security measure, no accounts with no password, but this is no
good in this case.
 Is there someone who can give me a help ?

PS: I thought calling xlock when users logout, but haven't find nothing
like /etc/logout. Is there something similar?

PS2: Do you know in which extent can a white screen damage it?


>Date: Tue, 17 Jan 1995 21:57:48 +1000 (EST)
>From: David Keegel <>
>Subject: Re: How to xlock an idle workstation console?
>Why not get xautolock, which can run the xlock program automatically
>when the Sun has been idle for 10 minutes (or whatever you set).
>David Keegel <> NIC handle: DJK20 +61 3 822-2848
>Cybersource: TCP/IP network management and Unix/Windows integration.

Thanks very much dear David Keegel

- Jorge Portugal Andrade
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