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       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


       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 processes.


       name=  A regular expression specifying which username(s) to match.

       group= A regular expression specifying which group(s) to match.

       line=  A  regular expression specifying which tty line(s) to match.  Omit the "/dev/" part
              of the special name.

       idle=  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.

       grace= An integer specifying the number of --seconds-- from the initial warning to killing
              the process.

       ban=   An  integer  specifying  the  number of --minutes-- from killing the process to the
              moment, the user may login again. (after exceeding his session).

       hard   A boolean value indicating total connect time will be considered rather  than  idle

       mail   A  boolean  value  indicating that mail will be sent to the user explaining that he
              was killed.

       clear  A boolean value indicating that the screen will be cleared before a warning message
              is sent.

       warn   A  boolean value indicating that a warning message will be sent at the beginning of
              the "grace" period.

       log    A boolean value indicating that activities will be logged to  the  logfile  (if  it


       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 before.

              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
               idle=60 grace=30


       Kyle Bateman <> (autolog 0.35),
       James Dingwall <>
                                         (autolog 0.41)

       This manual page was modified for Debian by Paul Telford <>