When the computer enters sleep it locks itself and I would like to avoid that. (Ubuntu 9.10)

Please don't upvote answers that don't work!



Go System > Preferences > Screensaver and uncheck the box that says lock when screensaver is active.


gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock_on_blank_screen false
gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock_use_screensaver_settings false

If these 2 don't work then

Open the terminal, and type gconf-editor In the window that comes up go to apps > gnome-power-manager > lock On the right, UNCHECK suspend and hibernate and make sure that the use_screensaver_settings is CHECKED

or -

In your terminal type sudo gedit /etc/default/acpi-support
Go to the line that says LOCK_SCREEN=true and put a # in front of it.

Close, save and try it out.

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    None of these worked... – Tarnay Kálmán Nov 17 '09 at 4:42
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    If you look at the seconds page of thread you linked, you will see that it didn't for the OP either... – Tarnay Kálmán Nov 17 '09 at 4:47
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    Indeed there is a bug filed for that: bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-power-manager/+bug/… if you have an account on launchpad I would suggest you mark the bug as "affects me too" as this gives a chance to be noticed first. – mac Nov 17 '09 at 15:01
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    What's with the downvotes ? You asked for a way, I provided alternatives. If it doesn't work, go file a bug. If I did something wrong put a comment. – Sathyajith Bhat Nov 20 '09 at 23:16
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    I didn't downvote, but the answer below worked better than any of your alternatives, so I am tempted to downvote just to promote that answer. – luqui Feb 21 '11 at 0:43

To disable the screen lock on suspend you must open a gconf-editor and disable the following options:

/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock_on_hibernate = false

/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock_on_suspend = false

/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock_on_blank_screen = false

However with this settings when you press the suspend butto you get no screensaver at all and therefore no visible feedback until the laptop is switched off. I solved this second problem by creating a /etc/acpi/suspend.d/06-gnome-screensaver.sh script which starts the gnome-screensaver at the beginning of the sleep sequence. Now I have screensaver on suspend but no screen lock dialog on resume.

It would be nice if gnome-power-manager would rename the current lock_on_* options to screensaver_on_* and add a new lock_screen option to decide if locking the screen or simply activating a screensaver.

  • Ubuntu 11.04, does not work – YumYumYum Sep 7 '11 at 13:29

MoarningSun got it partially working: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnome-power-manager/+bug/255228

Credit to mac for finding the launchpad bug report, and cleaning it up some.

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    See MoarningSun's update. It's pretty unreliable. – Tarnay Kálmán Dec 10 '09 at 5:23
  • That's why I said partially. At least he found out part of what wasn't working. – Peter Cordes Dec 10 '09 at 10:12

What works in 11.04 is to use

gconftool-2 --type boolean -s /apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/suspend false

you can also replace suspend with hibernate or blank_screen if you wish.

  • Ubuntu 11.04, does not work – YumYumYum Sep 7 '11 at 13:25

protected by BinaryMisfit Oct 13 '10 at 15:12

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