View Full Version : [SOLVED] turn off screen saver from shell script

January 12th, 2009, 06:34 AM

I run a shell script that turns on my television from the remote control via an IR blaster and would like to turn off the screen saver from the same batch file.

I have tried options with xset like turning of dpms and the screen save but they dont work, I have tried sending keys to Mythtv via the network control and that wont turn off the screen saver.

Can anyone shed some light on how it works and how I might turn it off via a batch file.



January 12th, 2009, 08:00 AM
I'm not familiar with mythbuntu, but if it's similar to Ubuntu you may want to look at the gnome-screensaver-command. It has deactivate and inhibit options.


January 14th, 2009, 02:34 AM
Thanks Kaibob,

That got me onto the right track, looks like you need to do the following as the user that runs the Mythtv front end:

xset dpms force on
export DISPLAY=:0 && gnome-screensaver-command -p

All working fine now.