[RndTbl] Raspberry Pi OS 12 bookworm and Wayland - no screen saver?

Gilbert Detillieux Gilbert.Detillieux at umanitoba.ca
Wed Oct 18 15:06:02 CDT 2023

Answering my own question, it would appear that you can set screen 
blanking (DPMS) in the command-line/TUI tool, raspi-config...

pi at raspberrypi:~ $ sudo raspi-config
pi at raspberrypi:~ $ tail -2 .config/wayfire.ini
pi at raspberrypi:~ $

In raspi-config, select "2 Display Options", then "D2 Screen Blanking", 
then enable.  The above change to .config/wayfire.ini seems to be the 
net effect.  The timeout is set to 600 seconds, and could probably be 
changed to any reasonable value, and likely 0 would disable it again.

Funny that there wasn't a more obvious way to set this, via GUI screen 


On 2023-10-18 1:03 p.m., Gilbert Detillieux wrote:
> So, with all the hype around the new Raspberry Pi 5 (still waiting for 
> availability), and the new OS version, I thought I'd give the OS a try 
> on my Pi 400, and see how things look with the new Wayland-based GUI.
> One strange thing I noticed (other than the slight increase in CPU use 
> and slightly higher CPU temperature) is that there's no screen 
> saver/blanker enabled by default.  Stranger still is there doesn't seem 
> to be any way to enable it, at least not that I've been able to find.
> The old X11/Xorg-based screen savers definitely don't work with Wayland, 
> and I don't want to turn off my monitor (and have to remember to do so) 
> every time I'm done using the Pi.  So, does anyone know how I can enable 
> screen blanking in Wayland?  (Preferably with Pi OS and/or Debian 12 
> bookworm, but any Wayland-related info would be appreciated.)
> If that doesn't work, I may find myself reverting back to Xorg.
> Thanks,
> Gilbert

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