Ubuntu 12.04 screensaver issue

Posted: May 12, 2012 in Technology
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I was watching movies today and was very annoyed with the screensaver black screen which appears at every 10-15 minutes. Though I always keep the screensaver off but this was the first time I realised that the setting was not working. Then I googled a bit and found that so many people are already facing this issue. Some suggested to turn off the dpsm by
xset dpsm
(learn more about dpsm and xset from the installed man pages on your system)
but it didnt seem to work. Then I digged a bit into the system and found the gsettings tool to edit the system wide settings from command line. To list all the settings keys in system do
gsettings list-recursively
You can redirect the result to another file or can also use piped “less” command to browse through the keys. I found one key related to screensaver
org.gnome.desktop.screensaver idle-activation-enabled.
Toggle its value to false if its not already by using following command,
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver idle-activation-enabled false
You can use dconf-editor also to edit these settings. dconf-editor is not installed by default in your system.
Now you need to logout and loging again for the settings to take effect. Its working for me. For people it also does not work, try turning off the power settings by
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.power active false
But as turning off the power settings is not a good solution, you can also try installing caffeine.
For installing caffeine, refer to here

  1. none says:

    list-recursively not list-resursively

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