OpenSSH and Idle Timeouts

Pekka Savola pekkas at
Wed Apr 19 05:41:34 EST 2006

On Tue, 18 Apr 2006, Eli K. Breen wrote:
> I've looked back through the OpenSSH mailing lists and am stumped as to
> why there is no IdleTimeout option for OpenSSH. (Normally the omission
> of a feature as useful as this generates much debate and flame-quashing
> from the dev. team).
> Is there some background to this that I'm missing?
> Here's the scenario, and I'm fully open to any workarounds.

Maybe you should look at this functionality in th shells you're 

tcsh: set autologout=x
bash: export TMOUT=[x*60]

There are ways how these don't get triggered, but maybe sshd shouldn't 
forcibly terminate the session under those circumstances, no matter 
the delay.

Pekka Savola                 "You each name yourselves king, yet the
Netcore Oy                    kingdom bleeds."
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