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vlock is a program to lock one or more sessions on the Linux console. This is especially useful for Linux machines which have multiple users with access to the console. One user may lock his or her session(s) while still allowing other users to use the system on other virtual consoles. If desired, the entire console may be locked and virtual console switching disabled.

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Recent releases

  •  18 Sep 2011 16:03

    Release Notes: This release fixes vlock not reacting to input when started in the background from bash.

    •  18 May 2008 11:06

      Release Notes: This release adds slight build system changes to help distributors. The number of failed authentication tries is now displayed on exit.

      •  26 Mar 2008 14:27

        Release Notes: This release fixes a bug that would sometimes close stdin if a script was requested and later unloaded due to missing dependencies.

        •  22 Mar 2008 22:17

          Release Notes: Vlock's architecture was again changed from using multiple executables to a single one with plugin support. The main helpers "vlock-all", "vlock-new", and "vlock-nosysrq" were all converted to plugins to keep filesystem based permission checking. Plugins may be scripts or shared objects and can add functions like muting the sound, pausing music or movie playback, and even eye candy screen savers.

          •  22 Jan 2008 21:45

            Release Notes: Only two minor bugs were fixed. This will hopefully be the last release candidate.


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