Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Console Locking

I stumbled upon this today:

* app-misc/vlock
     Available versions: 1.3-r1 1.3-r2
     Istalled: none
     Homepage: ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/utils/console/
     Description: A console screen locker


Pretty handy stuff. You can lock just the current console with vlock -c. That's quite basic. I liked the vlock -a option. It locks all the consoles. You can't even switch them using Alt+Ctrl+F* keys. Pretty handy.

2 comments:

Eddy Mulyono said...

Handy it is.

Unless the Linux kernel is compiled with Magic SysRq. Then vlock can be killed by Alt+PrintScreen+K.

floyd_n_milan said...

Hmmm. I didn't think about the Magic SysRq key. Thanks for the hint. :)