card_eventmgr(1) PAM-PKCS#11 card_eventmgr(1)

NAME card_eventmgr - PCSC-Lite Event Manager

SYNTAX card_eventmgr [debug] [[no]daemon] [timeout=<msecs>] [con- fig_file=<filename>] [kill] [pidfile=<pidfile>]

DESCRIPTION card_eventmgr is a smart card monitoring tool that listen to the status of the card reader and dispatch actions on several events. card_event- mgr can be used for several actions: like screen lock on card removal.

Three events are supported: card insertion, card removal and timeout on removed card. Actions are specified in a configuration file.

OPTIONS debug Enable debugging output.

[no]daemon Runs in background if daemon or in foreground if nodaemon (default). If debug is unset, the program dettaches itself from the tty.

timeout=<msecs> Set polling timeout in milliseconds. Defaults to 1000 (1 sec- ond).

config_file=<configuration file> Sets de configuration file. Default value is /etc/pam_pkcs11/card_eventmgr.conf.

pidfile=<pidfile> Store the card_eventmgr process ID (pid) in the file pidfile.

kill Read a process id from pidfile and kill that process. You must use the argument pidfile=<pidfile> to use kill.

FILES /etc/pam_pkcs11/card_eventmgr.conf

EXAMPLES To run this program the standard way type:


Alternatively you can specify options:

card_eventmgr debug nodaemon timeout=500 con- fig_file=$HOME/.card_eventmgr.conf

If you want to start and stop card_eventmgr automatically in an X11 session you can create a ~/.xsession file containing: # start the card autolock card_eventmgr pidfile=$HOME/

# start Gnome or something else /usr/bin/x-session-manager

# kill the card autolock card_eventmgr kill pidfile=$HOME/

BUGS Some applications like xscreensaver-command may fail due to external events (eg: try to unlock an unlocked session). In this case, the command incorrectly returns error code.

AUTHORS Juan Antonio Martinez <> Ludovic Rousseau <>

SEE ALSO pam_pkcs11(8), pkcs11_eventmgr(1), README.eventmgr, PAM-PKCS11 User Manual

Juan Antonio Martinez Aug 2005 card_eventmgr(1)