autolog - Log out idle users
autolog [ options ]
The program reads the utmp file, entry by entry. The username for each
’user process’ is compared to the entries in the configuration file
(see autolog.conf(5) ). The first entry to match both the name, the
group, and the tty line of the process will be used to conduct the
to run this program in daemon-mode
to run this program as "ordinary" program. Keep in mind: Also
when running as ordinary program, it will stay in memory until
all its jobs are done.
-a (all processes) Print information on ALL utmp entries--not just
-d (debug mode) This is helpful in setting up your configuration
file. The program runs in foreground rather than forking and it
prints out verbose messages about what it is doing.
-n (nokill) Use this to prevent autolog from actually "killing"
anyone. Use -d and -n together when setting up a new
configuration file. ( This will not affect killing of lost
-o (ordinary) Use this to run this program as ordinary program, not
as daemon. Program will end, when its job is done. In this case,
some data is kept in "/var/lib/autolog/autolog.data". This is
read, when the program is called again.
Use this to override the default: "/etc/autolog.conf"
Use this to override the default: "/var/log/autolog.log". Note
that if this file doesn’t exist, no logging will happen. Create
the file (with touch) to enable logging.
Use this to override the internal default idle time (minutes)
Use this to override the internal default grace period (seconds)
Use this to override the internal mailing switch. If "yes" the
program will send mail to the users right after killing them.
Use this to override the internal "pre-clear" switch. If "yes"
the program will clear the terminal screen before warning the
Do timeouts based on total session time--not idle time. (hard)
If set to "yes" activities will be written to the logfile if
Kyle Bateman <email@example.com> (autolog 0.35),
Carsten Juerges <firstname.lastname@example.org>
This manual page was modified for Debian by Paul Telford