I'm looking for a program to watch terminals (tty's) on a unix machine.
Something similar to the Watcher program on the Vax. I want to be able to
Watch what someone types on their screen. Thanks,
 Dave Holland  Engineering Department 
: I assume you're aware of the possible "invasion-of-privacy"
: implications of posessing/writing/using such a program?
: (see the thread about sysadmins reading users' email)
Yes, I've been told all about this area... I was just wondering why
such a program exsists for the Vax(VMS) and none for Unix machines?
Seems strange seeing that Unix is suppose to be superior to VMS.
:  Dave Holland  Engineering Department 
Just as a disclaimer, we only use the programs when someone calls us with a
Everyone here loves it. We get user's problems solved faster and that's
what matters to them. There's rarely a confidentality issue since we only
view screens of people who've already called us for help.
However, back before people starting considering how to misuse such things
(well, maybe not before), TOPS-20 had this capability in the command ADVISE.
In a university environment, it was a useful command in that a user in trouble
could request help from a superuser via the WRITE (I think) command and the
superuser could take over the user's terminal with ADVISE and show the user
how to handle the problem. With these commands, it didn't matter if the user
and superuser were sitting next to each other or were clear across the campus
from one another.
Of course, the problem was that power corrupts and one of the sysadmins used a
variation on the command to see what people were doing without them knowing.
Then again, one of the hackers got wind of this and developed a WATCH program
that could alert a user if someone was SPYing on his terminal (it could also
watch for friends logging in/out).
I'm not sure, but I suspect this inspired the VMS Watcher program. I'm not
sure how useful these programs would be in a X-window environment.
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There is a commercial package called Double Vision which does just this.Quote:>Hi,
> I'm looking for a program to watch terminals (tty's) on a unix machine.
>Something similar to the Watcher program on the Vax. I want to be able to
>Watch what someone types on their screen. Thanks,
: > I'm looking for a program to watch terminals (tty's) on a unix machine.
: >Something similar to the Watcher program on the Vax. I want to be able to
: >Watch what someone types on their screen. Thanks,
: There is a commercial package called Double Vision which does just this.
: It is available on most platforms (sorry I don't have any telephone
: numbers or anything).
I've just evaluated Double Vision and think its an excellent program. In
or environment we are very well aware of the privacy etc. implications,
but with users spread over thousands of kilometers it is sometimes the
only way we can give support.
A similar program was posted a while ago to "comp.sources.misc" called
'attach'. I think it was written for SUN's. I tried to get it going on our
HP with no joy. I also saw something called 'ttyspy' which also allowed
the capturing of remote terminals. Don't know for which machine though.
You can also achieve something similar with the UNIX 'script' command. If
a user types in 'script /dev/pty/ttyq4' a transcript of his session will
be written to '/dev/pty/ttyq4'.
Hope this helps.
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