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console.handlers(5)	 System Administrator's Manual	   console.handlers(5)

       console.handlers	 - file specifying handlers of console lock and unlock

       /etc/security/console.handlers determines which programs	 will  be  run
       when  an user obtains the console lock at login time, and when the user
       loses it on log out. It is read by the pam_console module.

       The format is:

       handler-filename lock|unlock [flag ...]

       Where handler-filename is a name of the executable to be run,  lock  or
       unlock specifies on which event it should be run, and flags specify how
       should pam_console call it.

       Additionally there should be a line which specifies  glob  patterns  of
       console devices.

       The format of this line is: console-name consoledevs regex [regex ...]

       Where console-name is a name of the console class - currently ignored -
       and regexes are regular expression patterns which specify the  name  of
       the tty device.	Only the first such line is consulted.

	      The pam_console module should log error to the system log if the
	      return value of the handler is not zero or if  the  handler  can
	      not be executed.

       wait   The  pam_console should wait for the handler to exit before con‐

       setuid The handler should be executed with uid/gid of  the  user	 which
	      obtained the console lock.

       tty    The handler will get a tty name as obtained from PAM as a param‐

       user   The handler will get an user name as  obtained  from  PAM	 as  a

       Anything else will be added directly as a parameter to the handler exe‐


       Tomas Mraz <>

Red Hat				   2005/3/18		   console.handlers(5)

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