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I've poked around in settings but haven't found the right one.

This question poses almost the opposite problem.

I have my power management set to hibernate when I hit the power button. When it resumes from hibernate, the screen is not locked.

I have my screensaver set to not lock because I want to be able to avoid the password e.g. after reopening the lid when I haven't hibernated.

But I'd like to have a password set automatically when resuming from hibernate in case the laptop is stolen so that at least there's a slightly higher degree of difficulty to steal data.

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You can use a program called gconf-editor to directly change various settings. It's kind of like Windows' registry editor. Press Alt+F2 to get the run dialog, and type gconf-editor and hit enter. Browse the tree to /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/ and poke around at the settings there until you get the behavior you want. You'll probably want to uncheck use_screensaver_settings.

  • +1 for the helpful tips. Unfortunately those settings don't seem to work. – bstpierre Oct 9 '09 at 4:21
  • They seem to have started working. (I had rebooted at least once before my previous comment, not sure what changed.) Thanks for your help. – bstpierre Oct 13 '09 at 3:50

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