Idle facility

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Some hosts may be configured to disconnect sessions after a period of inactivity. The x3270 family supports an idle facility as a way to keep these sessions connected.

The idle facility automatically executes a set of actions when sufficient time has expired since the last interactive action.

Both the actions and the timeout are configurable through resources:

idleTimeout defines the timeout period.
idleCommand defines the actions to run.
idleCommandEnabled controls whether the idle facility is enabled.


Note that the idle facility is at best an imperfect mechanism, because there is no action that makes the host believe that the session is active that is also guaranteed to be harmless. For example, the Enter() action is generally harmless, unless the user has entered half a command line and then been called away from the terminal.

A much better alternative is the nopSeconds resource.

See also

nopSeconds resource

idleCommand resource

idleCommandEnabled resource

idleTimeout resource