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SubjectRe: Turning off automatic screen clanking
On Wednesday 30 July 2003 01:22, Ville Herva wrote:
>On Tue, Jul 29, 2003 at 08:17:15PM -0400, you [Zwane Mwaikambo]
>> On Tue, 29 Jul 2003, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
>> > If the machine had blanking disabled by default, then the
>> > usual SYS-V startup scripts could execute setterm to enable
>> > it IFF it was wanted.
>> optimise for the common case,
>I would argue the other way around. The majority of desktop users
> run X, console blanking won't help them anyway. The server users
> tend to have KVM or switch monitor cables on the fly - in most such
> cases console blanking hurts more than helps (since you can't tell
> which box is connected to which monitor etc.)
>And console blanking is not real DPMS power save anyway.
>> just fix your box and be done with it.
>Most times when you need to have it fixed is when your box has
> mysteriously locked up, and you'd wan't to know if there was a oops
> on the screen. No can do - the console is already blanked. By then
> it is too late to fix it.
>In what cases is console blanking so hugely important these days,
> anyway?

I feel like I should concur here, as console blanking has bit me more
than once. A compile time option, grub/lilo append, whatever, but in
any event it should be unconditionally disableable if one so chooses.

Cheers, Gene
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