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When I invoke the "Lock Screen" action, is there a way to have the monitor go to sleep instantly? I'm aware of the power management setting to turn off the display after a set amount of time, but I want this to happen immediately.

I'm hoping there is a bash script that will lock the screen and put the display to sleep, and that I can have this invoked when a screen lock operation occurs.

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See this question for an example. – Nathan Osman Dec 16 '10 at 3:26
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The following script will check every ten seconds to see if the screensaver is enabled, and if it is, turn of the display using the command xset dpms force off.

It also checks to make sure it didn't already turn off the display, so you can unlock the screen without the monitor turning off while you are typing your password.



while true; do

    if (gnome-screensaver-command -q | grep "is active");

        echo $ALREADY_SHUTOFF
        if [ "$ALREADY_SHUTOFF" == "no" ];

            # this command turns off the display
            xset dpms force off




    sleep 10

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I tried xset dpms force off and it does shut off the display, but then it turns back on again after a few seconds. – Nathan Osman Dec 16 '10 at 3:55

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