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Wow, didn't really expect you to read this far down. The latest iteration of the site is in open beta. It's a gentle open beta-- not in prime-time just yet. It's being hosted over at UpGuard (link) and you are more than welcome to give it a shot. Couple things:
This will check if a user is logged in using ssh and will log out the user automatically after the specified time in seconds without data retrieval on the server side.
Will work with bash and zsh so put it into your sourced shell file on the server side.
Be aware that users can change this themselves as it's just a envoronment variable.
A timeout is great, but what if the command is taking longer than expected because it's hung up or ran into some other problem? That's where the -k option comes in. Run "some_command" and timeout after 30s. If the command is still running after 1 minute, it will receive a kill signal.
I found this in Ubuntu repos, and consider it better than timeout.
or "Execute a command with a timeout"
Run a command in background, sleep 10 seconds, kill it.
! is the process id of the most recently executed background command.
You can test it with:
find /& sleep10; kill $!
ssh_config is the system-wide configuration file for ssh.
For per-user configuration, which allows for different settings for each host:
echo 'ServerAliveInterval 60' >> ~/.ssh/ssh_config
echo 'ServerAliveInterval 60' >> ~/.ssh/config
echo 'ServerAliveInterval 60' >> ~/etc/ssh_config