physlock

Lock all consoles and virtual terminals.

TLDR

Lock every console (require current user or root to unlock)

$ physlock
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Mute kernel messages on console while locked

$ physlock -m
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Disable SysRq mechanism while locked

$ physlock -s
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Display a message before the password prompt

$ physlock -p "[Locked!]"
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Fork and detach physlock (useful for suspend or hibernate scripts)

$ physlock -d
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SYNOPSIS

physlock [-dhLlmsv] [-p MSG]

DESCRIPTION

physlock is an alternative to vlock, it is equivalent to `vlock -an'. It is written because vlock blocks some linux kernel mechanisms like hibernate and suspend and can therefore only be used with some limitations.

physlock is designed to be lightweight, but highly depends on the kernels ioctl API.

The behaviour of physlock is completely controlled via command-line arguments, it does not rely on environment variables. physlock uses the utmp file to identify the owner of the current session (i.e. active tty) and prompts for her password to unlock the computer.

OPTIONS

-d

Fork and detach physlock before prompting for authentication. The parent process returns right after everything is set up, so this option is useful for use in suspend/hibernate scripts.

-h

Print brief usage information to standard output and exit.

-l

Only lock console switching and exit.

-L

Only enable (unlock) console switching and exit. This is useful when a prior instance of physlock has crashed and leaved the console switching mechanism locked.

-m

Mute kernel messages on console while physlock is running.

-p MSG

Display MSG before the password prompt.

-s

Disable SysRq mechanism while physlock is running.

-v

Print version information to standard output and exit.

AUTHORS

Bert Muennich <ber.t at gmx.com>

HOMEPAGE

http://github.com/muennich/physlock

SEE ALSO

vlock(1)

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