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Re: Tracking idletimes

Typing away merrily, Gossamer produced the immortal words:
> I want to put together a daemon to track idletime, the sort of thing
> that tells you to get up and stretch every half hour of worktime.

Make it sleep half an hour at a time then.
while :
  sleep $[60*30]

> Trouble is, there's no way I can figure out to track "Last keypress in
> any virtual terminal" (I don't and can't use X) and finger is reporting
> invalid idletimes :(.

Not sure if there is a portable way to do that.  But your stated problem
doesn't require it.  If you want to restrict it to worktime, then wrap
vlock with a shell-function which does, eg:
function lockterm {
  killall -USR1 my_idle_daemon_name
  vlock -a
  killall -USR2 my_idle_daemon_name
and then adjust your daemon to handle the signals.

> If I run a shellscript that calls other programs, the idletime for
> that VT gets reset every time the secondary program is activated.  It
> also seems to like to report Mutt as un-idle even when it is.

What are you using to try and get 'idle time'?
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