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asked 2015-09-22 22:29:29 +0000

j0sch4 gravatar image

Hi Guys

This is my second Day with i3 and most thigs are pretty straight forward, but some things i just don't know how to deal with. My biggest problem along some others is that i'm not able to get a lock screen after opening my laptop again and this is essential for me. I just want to be promted for my password like i3lock does it. But why isn't it executed by my laptop going in sleep mode.?


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answered 2015-09-23 03:19:16 +0000

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If you want to lock your screen after some time, you can use xautolock

exec --no-startup-id xautolock -time 4 -locker "i3lock-wrapper -l"

And I create a mode to handle lock, suspend, hibernate, reboot and poweroff

set $Locker i3lock-wrapper -l && sleep 1

set $mode_system System (l) lock, (e) logout, (s) suspend, (h) hibernate, (r) reboot, (Shift+s) shutdown
mode "$mode_system" {
    bindsym l exec --no-startup-id $Locker, mode "default"
    bindsym e exec --no-startup-id i3-msg exit, mode "default"
    bindsym s exec --no-startup-id $Locker && systemctl suspend, mode "default"
    bindsym h exec --no-startup-id $Locker && systemctl hibernate, mode "default"
    bindsym r exec --no-startup-id systemctl reboot, mode "default"
    bindsym Shift+s exec --no-startup-id  systemctl poweroff -i, mode "default"

    # back to normal: Enter or Escape
    bindsym Return mode "default"
    bindsym Escape mode "default"

bindsym $mod+Delete mode "$mode_system"

If you mean lock and suspend when closing laptop lid, you can check this repo and this post

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answered 2015-09-23 00:41:46 +0000

dd0 gravatar image

I use these to lock, not sure if it's a good method.

# lock screen
bindsym $mod+Delete exec --no-startup-id "i3lock -c 000000"
# lock screen and suspend
bindsym $mod+End exec --no-startup-id "i3lock -c 000000 && systemctl suspend"
# lock and hibernate
bindsym $mod+Insert exec --no-startup-id "i3lock -c 000000 && systemctl hibernate"
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answered 2015-09-24 11:28:38 +0000

ManusX gravatar image

Create a file /etc/systemd/system/ which contains:

Description=Starts i3lock at suspend time



/usr/local/bin/ should be exchanged by whatever you want to do, a simple i3lock would also succeed (in my case this is a script which takes a screenshot, blurs it using image magick and then uses it as lockscreen).

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