away(1) terminal locking program


away [OPTIONS] message [...]


away is a simple program that locks your terminal, checks for new mail in any given number of mailboxes, and lets other users know why you are inactive.


-c, --mail
Enable checking of mail.
-C, --nomail
Disable checking of mail.
-f, --rcfile=FILE
Specify an alternative configuration file instead of the default ~/.awayrc file.
-F, --norcfile
Ignore user configuration file.
-h, --help
Display help.
-m, --message
Execute as the remainder of the command line, effectively stripping off the executable name and additional switches.
-p, --persist
Continue checking for new mail as long as there is at least one mailbox that has not received new mail.
-P, --nopersist
Stop checking mail if any mailbox is found to have new mail.
-t, --time=SECONDS
Set the number of second that away sleeps before performing its background tasks. Presently, the only background task that away will perform is the checking of mailboxes.
-T, --notime
Ignore any options to set the time interval and use the default number of seconds.
-v, --version
Display version information.


Per user configuration file. See awayrc(5) for further details.


The Linux-PAM configuration file.


Bug reports should be sent to the away mailing list <[email protected]>.


Cameron Moore <[email protected]>, and others.