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Disable screen power management except when screen is locked

asked 2015-05-20 08:24:53 +0000

Simonra gravatar image

I was wondering whether there was a way in i3 to disable any kind of display power management, like dimming the screen, letting it sleep, or starting a screen-saver, except for when the screen is locked.

The reason for asking is that I spend a lot of my day staring at text, and the screen suddenly going black really disrupts my workflow. However, I don't really mind if it goes to sleep when I have locked it and been away from my desk for a while, and because I'm using i3-lock it is probably less annoying for those working besides me that there isn't a glaring white screen lighting up their side view for hours. And because I use several machines with different underlying systems it would be would be great if there was a system-independent solution in i3.

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answered 2015-05-20 15:25:31 +0000

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updated 2015-05-22 05:53:50 +0000

Adaephon gravatar image

No, i3 does not provide anything of that sort – because it's not the responsibility of a window manager. There exist enough tools to set it up almost any way you want. A good starting point could be Display Power Management Signaling. To have special behavior with i3lock, I'd just wrap the i3lock call into a script that does this.

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