IdleTimeout patch did not get in?

Wout Mertens wmertens at
Mon Jun 25 21:18:23 EST 2007

Darren Tucker wrote:

> On Sun, Jun 24, 2007 at 09:05:09AM -0400, B Wooster wrote:
> > Doing a search in the list archives, I see that in 2001/2002  
> there was
> > a patch made available for IdleTimeout keyword, for example:
> >
> >
> > Looks like that patch did not make it in the following versions of
> > OpenSSH - is there a reason why  - any chance of the patch getting
> > back in?
> >
> > I do know about ClientInterval, but I think I need IdleTimeout.
> I don't see why, it looks to do pretty much the same thing and you
> can get the same effect by setting ClientAliveInterval to a large
> value and ClientAliveCountMax to 1.

It's not the same effect at all - IdleTimeout means disconnecting the  
channel when no messages have been sent for a while. ClientInterval  
means disconnecting the channel when the client is no longer available.

With IdleTimeout, you can create "ssh -MNf" deamonized connections  
that automatically time out when you're no longer using them. Great  
for scripting things and speeding things up in general.

Is there any chance of IdleTimeout making it into the source?


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