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Old 02-21-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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Blank screen in CLI after a few minutes

Generally after a few minutes of idle in a virtual terminal or just in a plain command line interface, the screen will turn blank, even though my monitor does not report any power savings feature, most likely since I did not configure APM, but thats not really my goal anyways. I would like to set it to NOT go blank after a period of time, how do I do that?


Also, once I have the correct commands to do this, to which file are these settings applied to?

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Old 02-21-2006, 08:27 PM   #2
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It sounds like ACPI?

ls -l /etc/rc.d/rc.acpid

If it shows as executable, then as root

chmod -x /etc/rc.d/rc.acpid
killall acpid

Hopefully that's all it is
Old 02-21-2006, 08:28 PM   #3
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Take a look in /etc/rc.d/rc.M:

# Screen blanks after 15 minutes idle time, and powers down in one hour
# if the kernel supports APM or ACPI power management:
/bin/setterm -blank 15 -powersave powerdown -powerdown 60
Either change the time, or comment out that line (which I have done and it seemed to work).
Old 02-21-2006, 08:51 PM   #4
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Great that seems to be what I was looking for, rc.acpid was listed as executable, so I chmodded it to -x, but killall acpid returned this:
root@slacker:/home/slackuser# killall acpid
acpid: no process killed
However I do think that commenting out that line in rc.M should do it.


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