away - Terminal locking program

Property Value
Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Main amd64
Package name away
Package version 0.9.5+ds
Package release 0+nmu2
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Installed size 86 B
Download size 17.19 KB
Official Mirror
Away is a simple program that locks your terminal, checks for new
mail in any given number of mailboxes, and lets others know why you
are inactive.
Away puts the message specified why your are away into the output of
the 'w' command, so that users looking for you can see that and why you
are away (and not only idle for some time)
Away will also notify you if you have new mail. By default Away only
checks for mail in a user's $MAIL file, but by using the awayrc file,
a user can configure any given number of mailboxes to be checked.
Away also uses PAM to lock your terminal in the way xlock locks an X11


Package Version Architecture Repository
away_0.9.5+ds-0+nmu2_i386.deb 0.9.5+ds i386 Debian Main
away - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.4
libpam-modules -
libpam0g >=


Type URL
Binary Package away_0.9.5+ds-0+nmu2_amd64.deb
Source Package away

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install away deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install away




2013-10-25 - Andreas Moog <>
away (0.9.5+ds-0+nmu2) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload
- d/p/01_fix_makefile: $LIBS need to come after $SRC while linking to 
fix building with ld --as-needed (Closes: #634323)
2013-09-22 - Robert Luberda <>
away (0.9.5+ds-0+nmu1) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload fo remove build-dependency on dbs (closes: #576038);
upload this NMU to DELAYED/10 queue.
* Switch to upstream tarball, using “ds” for “debian source” as a
suffix since dak wouldn't appreciate different tarballs having
the same name.
* Switch to the '3.0 (quilt)' source format.
* Use debhelper v9 and its tiny rules format.
* Fix 01_fix_makefile to properly handle CFLAGS, CPPFLAGS, LDFLAGS, and DESTDIR
* Bump Standards-Version to 3.9.4.
* Remove an article from short package description (lintian).
2005-12-31 - Rene Engelhard <>
away (0.9.5-3) unstable; urgency=low
* use common-{account,auth,session} (closes: #344394)
2002-10-08 - Rene Engelhard <>
away (0.9.5-2) unstable; urgency=low
* added patch from upstream enhancing security at locked terminal
and typing in password (it was possible to enter something before
the safe password: prompt appeared), this could have been lead to
show the password on the screen...
2002-09-05 - Rene Engelhard <>
away (0.9.5-1) unstable; urgency=low
* new upstream release
- removed the following patches because they are included upstream now
+ 02_use_pam_unix_passwd
+ 03_fixes_when_no_mailbox
+ 04_remove_sighup
* updated Standards-Version: (3.5.2 to 3.5.7)
* some cleanups
2002-08-13 - Rene Engelhard <>
away ( unstable; urgency=low
* debian/rules cleanup
* minor improvements on description
* new maintainer email
* added patch which removes SIGHUP from signal handling, that
fixes the problem that away lingers and need to killed manually
if the user's terminal is disconnected abruptly
(thanks Seth Stone <>)
2002-07-27 - Rene Engelhard <>
away ( unstable; urgency=low
* moved to use dbs (use a fake new upstream to get the new orig.tar.gz in)
* fixed busyloop if no mailbox is found and change the warning about
mailbox not found to not appear everytime the mail should be checked
because that is annoying (closes: #154354)
2002-07-17 - Rene Engelhard <>
away (0.9.4-2) unstable; urgency=low
* fixed Makefile to copy away.pam _not_ to /etc/pam.d/away.pam.
It belongs to /etc/away/away (closes: #153277)
* removed absolute path from /etc/pam/away
* using dh_installpam to install the pam file
2002-07-10 - Rene Engelhard <>
away (0.9.4-1) unstable; urgency=low
* Initial Release. (closes: #152451)
* fixed upstream /etc/pam.d/away.pam to use the right .so
(pwdb -> unix_passwd)

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