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How to deal with the TMOUT variable

roarteam asked
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
I work at a large telecommunications company.  You know, one of those where someone up the chain makes the policies that apply to everyone without concern for special situations.  They recently set the TMOUT variable to read only.  (We used to override it in our profile).  The problem is, the work that we do requires 8-12 windows/terminals open at a time to run processes, monitor files, etc.  Now, if anything completes running and we don't do SOMETHING in those windows within 10 minutes, they all close.  Not only is it a real hassle, but we lose any output, error messages, etc. that was on the screen at the time.  Are there ANY recommendations on how to deal with this?  I was thinking of autoit or something similar, but not only would it be hard to determine the number of windows and their position, but what character could be sent to keep the session alive and yet NOT send a real character to the screen (which could interrupt/affect a process that actually WAS running.)
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