[arch-general] Turning off the screen for privacy

J. Pablo elfio at hiperones.es
Tue Mar 15 18:10:12 UTC 2016

Hi archers,

First time writer here, reader from quite a time ago. Hi Zack, I used to use 
this command: 
$ xset dpms force off
and I've just checked it still works from my shell. I don't know if this will 
suit your needs.


El martes, 15 de marzo de 2016 10:30:52 (CET) Zachary Kline escribió:
> Hi All,
> One of the perks of being blind is that I don’t need the screen to work. I
> prefer to keep it off for privacy whenever possible. On earlier hardware, I
> used to be able to use the vbetool command to turn off the screen. Nowadays
> that seems no longer to work, “vbetool dpms off,” returns “illegal
> instruction.”
> I was wondering if anybody knew of a way too do this under current versions
> of Arch? Ideally, I could turn off the screen for both virtual consoles and
> X sessions, whenever i get around to installing Gnome. I realize this is a
> bit of an unusual request. Sadly, my laptop doesn’t have any easily
> identified hardware buttons to do this sort of thing. Thanks for any tips,
> Zack.

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