I am running Ubunut 14.04 and when the monitor goes to sleep the ssh connection is lost. I can't figured out why these two correlated. I had through perhaps the system was going into hibernate mode or some sort of sleep mode, but I don't think the system is going into a sleep or hibernate mode (if it does I can't figured out how to determine this).

In the "Brightness & Lock" screen the "Turn screen off when inactive for: " is configured for 5 minutes. Lock is disabled. "Require my password when waking from suspend" is checked and when the monitor awakes the password screen is present. So, I think the system is going into suspend mode, but in the "Power" screen the "Suspend when inactive for" is set to "Don't suspend".

So, I am at a lost as to why I am losing my ssh connection when the monitor is going to sleep. Thanks.

Edit: I failed to mention, I am actively using the ssh connection from another machine when I notice the monitor go dark and shortly thereafter I lose the ssh connection.

Edit: Also found out that my Samba share folder disappears within Windows. So, now more confused than before.

  • Probably due to keepalive - howtogeek.com/howto/linux/… . Also use screen or tmux.
    – Panther
    Aug 15, 2017 at 19:11
  • In my case, I went to Settings -> Power -> Automatic Suspend -> Off and I can now ssh into my desktop after locking the screen.
    – user677955
    Nov 11, 2020 at 0:21

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Loosing SSH connection mostly depend on server and your process on server . As explain if monitor goes down and your Linux lock your screen it means that you didn't work with SSH connection for a while . In Linux there is argument by the name of TMOUT , as an example if you set TMOUT=60 if you don't touch your console for 1 minute you will be logout . For solving this problem set TMOUT to reasonable variable .

In ssh daemon config on server , there is TCPKeepAlive variable which try to keeping connection up .

$ vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config

And uncomment TCPKeepAlive yes to tell the service to try keeping alive connection .

  • I did check the /etc/ssh/sshd_conffile and the TCPKeepAlive setting was set to yes. I didn't state it explicitly, so I will update the description, but I am actively interacting with the ssh connection from another machine and when I see the screen go dark the ssh connection will go down shortly thereafter.
    – lordhog
    Aug 15, 2017 at 19:21
  • what about TMOUT ? try echo $TMOUT on your machine . Aug 15, 2017 at 19:24
  • Sorry about that, I did check TMOUT and it does't seem to be defined. I will set it to something like 60 minutes and see if that helps. Thanks.
    – lordhog
    Aug 15, 2017 at 19:28
  • Your welcome . If it works , try export TMOUT to set permanently . Aug 15, 2017 at 19:32
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    ssh parameters -o TCPKeepAlive="yes" and -o ServerAliveInterval="60" seems to help. Oct 2, 2017 at 1:43

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