Console time out

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May 20th, 2009

Hi, what is the meaning of following timer

Line Console 0

Absolute-timeout 0

I have this problem too.
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smothuku Wed, 05/20/2009 - 00:16

Hi Rupesh ,

To set the interval for closing the connection, use the absolute-timeout command in line configuration mode. To restore the default, use the no form of this command.

absolute-timeout minutes

no absolute-timeout

The following example sets an interval of 60 minutes on line 5:

line 5

absolute-timeout 60

Related Commands

Command Description


Sets the interval that the EXEC command interpreter waits until user input is detected.


Sets and displays a warning for users about an impending forced timeout.


Sets the interval for closing the connection on a console or terminal line.



smothuku Wed, 05/20/2009 - 00:18

Hi Rupesh ,

Use the absolute-timeout command line configuration command to configure the EXEC to terminate when the configured number of minutes occurs on the virtual terminal (vty) line. The absolute-timeout command terminates the connection after the specified time period has elapsed, regardless of whether the connection is being used at the time of termination. You can specify an absolute-timeout value for each port. The user is given 20 seconds notice before the session is terminated. You can use this command along with the logout-warning command to notify users of an impending logout.

Cisco IOS software also provides the session-timeout and exec-timeout line configuration commands for releasing lines when they have been idle for too long.

You can set the absolute-timeout command and an AppleTalk Remote Access Protocol (ARAP) timeout for the same line; however, this command supersedes any timeouts set in ARAP. Additionally, ARAP users will receive no notice of any impending termination if you use this command.

Cheers ,


Rupesh Kashyap Wed, 05/20/2009 - 00:30

Thanks. What should I do , If I want Absolute timer as Infinitive ? Should I mark as zero or any other figure ?


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