Lock the x terminal / display.

Posted on 2004-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-21
Hi - I am trying to understand how we can lock the x terminal / display on RedHat?
 Are there some API's that we can use for this purpose ?

Basically lock the x display just like Xlock does but I would like to implement my own and not use xlock.

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stefan73 earned 50 total points
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Hi menong,
Check the source code of xlockmore at

You'll find the source for locking in xlock.c


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Alf666 earned 50 total points
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Basically, "locking" just means grabbing the keyboard and mouse events. You can use :


use man :

man XGrabKeyboard
man XGrabPointer


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How can I make use of ? I want to launch my own Java login GUI instead of the standard login and password gui that xlock provides.

Also, which file does xlock use to implement the login/passwd GUI ?


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