Screen Saver

Rashkae ubuntu at
Sat Jan 10 06:16:39 UTC 2009

Rashkae wrote:
> Ray Parrish wrote:
>> MY attitude??? Really long thread??? I just started this thread 
>> yesterday, and not that many suggestions have been given or tried. I 
>> have seen people on this group jumped on for posting solutions to 
>> problems they had without asking a question, and being accused of 
>> blogging for it. Frankly I think posts of that type are useful as they 
>> provide solutions to problems that someone else might have sometime.
> <Snip>
> Hint: man xset
> xset q
> And now,, *plonk*

For the sake of everyone else who has been reading this thread, I'll
explain.  Forgive my rudeness, I can be a little termpermental.  (I'm
sure some of you have noticed by now)

Ray's problem is truely the greatest irony.  His very first post
explained it, but it's been so long since most of us have used X without
the comfort of gnome, the implications went right over everyone's head.

For as long as I can remember, it has been X's default to blank the
screen after 10 minutes of inactivity.  This is not done by any
screensaver program, it's just a built in default with X.

You can view this with the command 'xset q'.  You can disable the
behaviour with 'xset s 0' to change the default 600 seconds to 0 (disabled)

Now, gentle readers, you may be wondering, if this is a default with X,
why doesn't my screen go blank after 10 minutes?  The reason is that
there is a gnome component that overwrites default X settings.  What
gnome component you ask?  Gnome-screensaver, that is, until Ray
completely disabled it from within gconf.

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