I want to enable the lock screen after certain period of inactivity. Once user wants to use the system again he should be forced to re-login with password.

If there is a unique solution for various flavor of linux then it is preferable.

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In various flavor of Linux this functionality is there by default for security reasons.

Though you can reduce the time for auto locking or you can disable this feature of auto-log-in.

to see how to reduce auto log-n visit this question. How can I change the time before the system locks?

  • Thanks for the quick reply. I have come across the above post earlier but it is mostly related to GUI, could you please suggest how to achieve it from the command line or a script. I have tried gsettings but it is not working on all distros. I am looking for a common solution for this if possible. Apr 6, 2015 at 7:20
  • then this might be helpful for you xmodulo.com/control-screen-lock-settings-linux-desktop.html
    – smali
    Apr 6, 2015 at 8:18

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