Power management: How to not idle the monitor while viewing a movie?

Zlatko Calusic zcalusic at bitsync.net
Mon Nov 4 14:58:30 CET 2013

On 04.11.2013 14:38, Ralf Mardorf wrote:
> On Mon, 2013-11-04 at 16:37 +0400, Sergey Mironov wrote:
>> Hi List! I have an idle problem. Xfce seems to turn off my display
>> when it thinks I am out of the computer. It works OK most of the time,
>> but not when I am viewing a movie using mplayer/vlc etc. Is it
>> possible to temporary disable the power management for this cases?

At least for mplayer, it's very easy to configure it to stop entering 
screensave (and thus powersave) mode while you're watching a movie. This 
is what I have in ~/.mplayer/config: heartbeat-cmd = "xdg-screensaver reset"

xdg-screensaver utility comes from xdg-utils package, but there are also 
other ways to accomplish the same thing by calling your specific 
screensaver directly (xscreensaver, gnome-screensaver etc...).

As I'm not using vlc very often, I don't know how to configure the same 
thing, maybe somebody else can help with vlc.


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