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Spinner is useful for keeping telnet and ssh links from dropping due to inactivity. Many firewalls and some ISPs drop connections when they are perceived as idle. By having spinner running, the server is constantly sent a tiny amount of data over the link, preserving the connection. Spinner thus acts as a keep-alive. It displays a little "spinning" ASCII character in the top left corner of your terminal. It supports any terminal capable of handling VT100-style escape codes. Spinner can also function transparently by only sending null characters to the terminal. In this mode Spinner supports any terminal. It also has a mode called "Ghost in the Machine" in which you can use Spinner to write the spinner character to any TTY, not just your own.

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2003-02-18 18:38

The bug has been fixed that caused Spinner not to terminate upon logout from sshd under Linux.
Tags: Minor bugfixes

2003-01-31 18:40

Although the -n switch worked correctly, it was not included in the
docs or the output of spinner -h. This has been fixed. Minor tweaks
have been made to aid in compilation. Minor code cleanups have been
Tags: Minor bugfixes

2003-01-28 18:19

This release adds the ability to send only null characters to the
terminal, instead of a spinner. This provides the anti-idle
functionality without any display issues. Display bugs have been
fixed. The code has been cleaned.
Tags: Major feature enhancements

2002-11-16 06:19

Tags: Initial freshmeat announcement

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