It's very disturbing when making a Kiosk application, every time the lock screen and screensaver shows up, also many popup + battery or updates shows up.

Where and how can I completely disable the lock screen, screen saver and alerts via a configuration file or from the terminal?

I have the tried following but nothing works:

  1. failed

    vim /etc/default/acpi-support
  2. failed

    $ gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/suspend false
    $ gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/blank_screen false
    $ gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/hibernate false
    $ sudo init 6
  3. failed (but worked for disabling the lock prompt)

    gconftool --set --type=bool /apps/gnome-screensaver/idle_activation_enabled False
    gconftool --unset /apps/gnome-screensaver/themes
  4. failed: To make it permanent:

sudo service gdm stop sudo X -configure vim /home/[username]/xorg.conf.new

Section "Screen" Identifier "Screen0" Device "Card0" Monitor "Monitor0" DPMS "false" <<<<<<<<< Added this line SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 1 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 4 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 8 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 15 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 16 EndSubSection SubSection "Display" Viewport 0 0 Depth 24 EndSubSection EndSection

I tried the following suggested command from the Ubuntu forum but the whole system froze:

sudo pm-suspend

Follow up: https://askubuntu.com/questions/37761/xorg-conf-in-ubuntu-natty-11-04


  • Dumb question, but can you confirm that you don't want the simple GUI answer, or that they don't work for some reason?
    – Dennis
    Sep 7 '11 at 13:02
  • @Dennis: not with GUI.
    – YumYumYum
    Sep 7 '11 at 13:04
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    Once again, no help but... did you also post on askubuntu.com the stack exchange site dedicated to Ubuntu? For example this one approaches what you are asking askubuntu.com/questions/27435/…
    – Dennis
    Sep 7 '11 at 14:03
  • @Dennis: I tried that example, still not working what i am trying. But after waiting 5 / 6 minutes as idle, it still turn off my monitor. And when i press enter it (does not show now lock prompt).
    – YumYumYum
    Sep 7 '11 at 14:51
  • I want system do not turn of my monitor, nor it put that lock screen, nor screen saver, nothing. Just leave it as it is when you are working. How can i do that?
    – YumYumYum
    Sep 7 '11 at 14:52

After getting the screensaver turned off I found that it was the power manager that kept putting the screen to sleep. For me the following worked xset -dpms which I found at http://v2kblog.blogspot.com/2008/08/disabling-monitor-power-saver.html and it included steps to set it up permanently.

  • Thanks. In the terminal/or via ssh i can do this to play with and works. e.g: 1. Turn off: export DISPLAY=:0.0 && xset dpms force off 2. Turn on: export DISPLAY=:0.0 && xset -dpms.
    – YumYumYum
    Sep 8 '11 at 21:13

Disabling the lock seemed to work for me on Ubuntu 14.04

DISPLAY=:0 sudo gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.screensaver lock-enabled false
  • where/when do you add that line to enable it?
    – simbo1905
    Dec 5 '15 at 10:03

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