SUMMARY: RE: automatic logout

From: William Jaynes (
Date: Tue Nov 20 1990 - 06:37:18 CST

My original request:
> Is there an easy way to set up automatic logouts or exits for inactive
> sessions. Specifically, I'd like any login or su session for root to
> be discontinued after X minutes of inactivity.

The most popular suggestion was the untamo daemon from,
a configurable package which enables a lot of control over login sessions
and overall login time, not just idle time. This is a good package for
controlling limited terminal resources, such as a University public

The other big suggestion is to use tcsh and set autologout=X. This logs out
after X minutes of idle time. This is what I've decided to do for the
time being. Disadvantages include: 1) If I su to root and let the auto
logout happen, my terminal characteristics are alterred, specifically
echo is off; 2) If I su to root and then su to another id where autologout
is not set, then I don't get logged out.
(get tcsh from,, and elsewhere)

"" (Gareth Richards) sent me a
program that one can run from .cshrc that does the auto logout. It too,
however, can't logout if you have su'ed to another id.

A few people suggested that one could set autologout in the csh that
comes with 4.1, but it didn't work for me.

Thanks for all the responses!
William Jaynes, ITN, University of Michigan Medical Center, B1911 CFOB,
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0704; (313) 747-2778 -

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