Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 474628
setterm -blank no longer works as documented
Last modified: 2009-06-19 09:38:54 EDT
I know this is trivial, but "setterm -blank" used to disable blanking and has been in rc.local on all of my machines since RHL-6 or so. Upon installing a Fedora 10 machine I found that it no longer works. Instead of disabling screen blanking, it prints a '0' to the console but otherwise does nothing. The '0' doesn't seem to change even if setterm -blank 60 is run previously, so it isn't doing something like returning the current blanking time.
"setterm -blank 0" works as expected, of course.
We did a small change in the blank command to improve it for blind people. Unfortunately, the change was not properly documented in the man page.
- blank force ... keeps screen blank even if a key is pressed.
- blank poke ... unblank (returns which vt was blanked)
- blank ... (default without options) returns blank status <<<!
- blank 0-60 ... set delay in minutes
I'll fix the man page. Thanks for your report!
The man page fixed in rawhide (F-11).
util-linux-ng-2.14.1-3.3.fc10 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 10.
util-linux-ng-2.14.1-3.3.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 testing repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
If you want to test the update, you can install it with
su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update util-linux-ng'. You can provide feedback for this update here: http://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/F10/FEDORA-2009-5775
util-linux-ng-2.14.1-3.3.fc10 has been pushed to the Fedora 10 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.