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Bug 238208 - no easy way to control text console blank timeout
no easy way to control text console blank timeout
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: initscripts (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Bill Nottingham
Brock Organ
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Reported: 2007-04-27 18:42 EDT by Florin Andrei
Modified: 2014-03-16 23:06 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-05-01 00:51:47 EDT
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Description Florin Andrei 2007-04-27 18:42:35 EDT
Description of problem:
There is no way to easily control the time after which the text console gets
blanked. In theory, there should be a file, maybe somewhere in /etc/sysconfig,
containing a variable indicating the time after which the text console goes blank.

For example, if the admin wants to disable text console blanking, the command
"setterm -blank 0" must be added to one of the start-up scripts such as

It would be nice if a file in /etc/sysconfig contained a variable, e.g.
CONSOLE_BLANK_TIME, by default set to a reasonable value, and one of the
start-up scripts would run "setterm -blank $CONSOLE_BLANK_TIME".
Then all the admin needs to do is to edit that variable and the console blank
timeout would be easily adjusted.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fedora 7 Test

How reproducible:
always been an issue

Steps to Reproduce:
1. see above
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see above

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see above

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Comment 1 Bill Nottingham 2007-05-01 00:51:47 EDT
This would then lead to a question about supporting the other console
parameters, whether they be the cursor state, the colors, blink mode, bell
frequency, etc.

It would seem to be something better left to the admin.

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