autolog.conf - Configuration file for the autolog command
The configuration file consists of multiple lines, each of which describes a
class of processes subject (or not subject) to a certain auto logout
procedure. A line consists of any number of switches. Value switches are of
the form: "name=value". Boolean switches are of the form:
"name" or "noname".
Using these switches, you can define a username, a group, and a tty line. These
descriptions can contain wildcard characters (regular expressions). You can
also define an idle time, a grace period and a few other options. When reading
the configuration file, the program creates a record for each configuration
line. A value is assigned to each variable in the record regardless of whether
or not you specify one explicitly. Values for missing variables are provided
by defaults which are compiled in and can be modified from the command line.
If no entries are found matching a given process, that process will be spared
from an untimely demise. Therefore, it is a good idea to always have a
"cleanup" line at the end of the configuration file to catch
anything that might have been missed by the more explicit definitions. Since
the default name, group, and line are all ".+", a simple line like:
will do. Actually, any one switch can be specified on the line and all the
others will get the default values.
If no configuration file is found, the program will create a single entry which
has all values set from the defaults. This entry will match any process on any
port (name=.+ line=.+ group=.+). Therefore, the default action is to kill all
- A regular expression specifying which username(s) to
- A regular expression specifying which group(s) to
- A regular expression specifying which tty line(s) to match.
Omit the "/dev/" part of the special name.
- An integer specifying the number of --minutes-- of idle (or
connect) time to allow before beginning automatic logoff. An idle time of
0 exempts the process from automatic logoff.
- An integer specifying the number of --seconds-- from the
initial warning to killing the process.
- An integer specifying the number of --minutes-- from
killing the process to the moment, the user may login again. (after
exceeding his session).
- A boolean value indicating total connect time will be
considered rather than idle time.
- A boolean value indicating that mail will be sent to the
user explaining that he was killed.
- A boolean value indicating that the screen will be cleared
before a warning message is sent.
- A boolean value indicating that a warning message will be
sent at the beginning of the "grace" period.
- A boolean value indicating that activities will be logged
to the logfile (if it exists).
There is another group of entries, which allows one to set some general options.
Each of them takes a whole line. Don't mix them with the other entries from
- A boolean value indicating whether lost processes should be
killed. If there is a process with uid between 500 and 60000 and the owner
is not logged in, it is assumed as lost and will be killed.
- on some strange or old systems the ps-command has different
parameters. This makes it possible to set a completely different command.
It is only important, that this command delivers one heading line and then
lines with usernames and process-ids (pid). e.g.: ps=ps aux
name=root line=tty[1-7] idle=0
name=guest idle=5 grace=60 nomail hard warn
group=lynx-.* idle=10 grace=60 clear
Kyle Bateman <firstname.lastname@example.org> (autolog 0.35),
- Carsten Juerges
This manual page was modified for Debian
by Paul Telford