How to set up the screen saver to activate when the mouse is at a corner?

Peter Nikolic p.nikolic1 at
Sun May 15 19:54:28 BST 2011

On Sunday 15 May 2011 19:42:42 gene heskett wrote:
> On Sunday, May 15, 2011 02:20:50 PM Marcelo Magno T. Sales did opine:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > There was an option in the screen saver configuration screen to activate
> > the screen saver when the mouse was moved to a corner of the screen.
> > When I updated from KDE 4.5.x to 4.6.x (Kubuntu), the screen saver
> > stopped been activated when I place the mouse on the corner I had
> > selected for that. This was working ok in 4.5.x.
> > I see that the option to set this up does not exist in the screen saver
> > configuration screen anymore.
> > I noticed that, in System Settings, there is an applet named "Workspace
> > behavior" (or something like that, I'm translating from brazilian
> > portuguese), which has a "Screen corners" tab. There I can configure
> > some actions to be started when the mouse is placed at a chosen corner,
> > but activating the screen saver is not on the list of possible actions.
> > Is there a way in KDE 4.6.x to set up the screen saver to be activated
> > when the mouse is placed at one of the screen corners?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > Marcelo
> Marcelo, I have no clue, and despite asking here and there, no has told me
> yet why x/kde turns off the DPMS & such when it starts, leaving you only
> with the power wasting screen decorators.

I wish it would i get sick of typing "xset -dpms  after ever single update 

> So while this box runs 24/7,
> when I get up to go carve a stick of wood, it may be hours before I come
> back and I seen no earthly reason that the monitors backlight needs to have
> those hours or watts wasted to run it during those extended times when I am
> not around.  I made me a ~/bin directory years ago to hold the stuff that I
> need as the lone user of this machine, and there are all sorts of things in
> there, some of which have largely been rendered moot by the making of ntpd
> in recent history so that it Just Works(TM).
> Anyway (and a copy is attached if the server passes it)
> ------------------
> #!/bin/bash
> xset +dpms
> sleep 1
> xset dpms 0 0 450
> ------------------
> That's it, 4 lines.  Adjust the last value which is the DPMS powerdown time
> in seconds, to suit you, put it in your ~/bin (export PATH=~/bin:$PATH) and
> give it execute perms.  If KDE had an init.d, which I haven't found, I
> would see if I could set it up to be the last thing that the kde/x startup
> does.  As it is, I am reminded to run it from a konsole the first time I
> come back in the room & find I am looking at the analog clock I use for a
> blanker. :(
> I have no clue where in the startup DPMS gets shut off, according to my
> Xorg.0.log, it is still enabled at the end of the x startup logging, but it
> will not work, and never has since kde4 came out, until I either run this
> script or do the 2 important 'xset' lines by hand from a konsole.


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