Inactivity Timeout in Telnet Setting (RH5.0)

Posted on 1998-09-11
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Redhat 5.0 linux question.  Telnet session inactivity timeout and disconnect is annoying me, how can I set the period for inactivity or disable the disconnect?  I can't seem to find ny info on this, but I suspect the answer's so simple I'll smack myself.
Question by:deusx

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Try the "limit" parameter in /etc/ftpaccess.

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Umm... Thanks, but I'm asking about Telnetd, not FTPd.  And the limit parameter (according to the man file) limits the number of connections to FTP, not even close to what I'm looking for.  

I need to stop Telnet sessions from disconnecting when I let the shell go idle for more than 5 min.

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which shell are you using ?? tcsh ? bash ??

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Bash, I do believe...

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One way to find out for sure which shell you're using is to do a "grep myid /etc/passwd" and
see the last characters ../bin/tcsh .. /bin/bash ... or else. For tcsh you could add
set autologout 1000000 or some last number. Each digit presents a minute.
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I agree with 'n0thing';
if using  'tcsh' or 'csh', then 'set autologout nnn'.


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Is your TMOUT variable set ?

By the definition of ksh ( which bash does try hard to emulate ), the TMOUT defines your timeout in seconds.

for an indefinate timeout, set it to 0 by:

export TMOUT=0


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