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

Gilbert Detillieux Gilbert.Detillieux at umanitoba.ca
Wed Oct 18 15:17:33 CDT 2023

And apparently when you disable screen blanking again, you get this 
value in .config/wayfire.ini:



On 2023-10-18 3:06 p.m., Gilbert Detillieux wrote:
> 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
> [idle]
> dpms_timeout=600
> 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 
> preferences.
> Gilbert
> 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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