Screensaver when closing laptop-display?

Josef Wolf jw at
Tue Jan 5 20:04:31 UTC 2010

Thanks for your answer, Andrew!

On Mon, Jan 04, 2010 at 04:21:36AM -0600, Andrew Farris wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-01-04 at 05:32 +0100, Josef Wolf wrote:
> > On Sun, Jan 03, 2010 at 02:25:13PM +0100, Josef Wolf wrote:
> > > With 9.10, I had to disable suspend-to-ram/HD on my acer travelmate 8371,
> > > since it fails to resume. But now, when I close the display, the display is
> > > shut off, but the screensaver is not activated. So when the display is
> > > opened again, the desktop is accessible without entering a password.
> I believe, to achieve the behavior you're desiring, do the following:
>      1. Under "System > Preferences > Power Management | When lid is
>         closed" use the 'blank screen' option (if not already set)

I have set this. The screen is switched off, but desktop is not locked.

>      2. Hit alt+F2, type "gconf-editor" <return>, then navigate to "/ >
>         apps > gnome-power-manager > lock > blank_screen" and check that
>         box. that will lock the screen when it is blanked.

Yes, that does the trick.

> > Ugh, I can't even find how to manually lock the screen in 9.10. In previous
> > releases, there used to appear lots of options when the "power" button in
> > the upper right corner was clicked. Along with them was the option to switch
> > user and to lock the screen. Now only "logout", "susupend", "restart" and
> > "swithc off" are available.
> > 
> > What happened?
> To manually lock the screen, I believe you press ctrl+alt+L

Yeah, that's fine!

> As for the 'indicator' user switcher in the corner of the screen... I
> have no idea what has happened with it. I have never found this user
> switcher to be of any use to me,

It is very handy when the computer is used by multiple users. In addition,
the option to create a guest login on the fly is also very handy.

> under 'System.' However, upon adding the applet back to my panel, I see
> the following options in it's flyout menu:
>         <My username>
>         Set Status   >
>         --------------
>         Lock Screen
>         Guest Session
>         Switch User...
>         --------------
>         Log Out...
>         Suspend
>         Hibernate
>         Restart...
>         Shut Down...

The <My username> option is greyed, and the entries in the "Set Status"
menu also. The Lock Screen / Guest Session / Switch User section is not
there at all.

Removing and adding it again did not make any difference.

>  sudo apt-get install --reinstall indicator-session
>         indicator-applet-session

Again, doesn't make any difference.

> lastly, as a test, you could always make another fresh user account and
> see if the option appears in that menu for you.

It's the same.

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