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In Fedora 8 when I closed my laptop lid, my screen would lock. Under Ubuntu 8.04 this doesn’t happen. After a bit of digging, I found a solution. The gconf setting is “/apps/gnome-power-manager/lock/blank_screen”. When set to true, closing the lid will lock the screen. Luvvvly. 🙂
Jim at 2008-08-16 04:33:54
Thanks. Very helpful.
Scott Kitterman at 2008-06-19 22:49:24
Works just fine with Kubuntu.
Callum at 2008-06-19 22:56:07
@<a href="http://www.callum-macdonald.com/2008/06/11/ubuntu-lock-screen-on-laptop-close-lid/#comment-28157" rel="nofollow">Scott Kitterman</a>: I'm not sure what you mean. The change works fine with Kubuntu, or the screen locks automatically under Kubuntu?
Nate at 2008-09-26 13:50:09
Thanks, very helpful!
Krellan at 2008-09-01 20:23:54
Excellent. Thanks for finding this setting. I am running Fedora 9, and had the opposite problem: it defaults to locking the screen whenever it blanks the screen (such as when the laptop lid is closed). I do NOT want it to lock the screen then. Just blank it, then restore the screen when the laptop lid is opened again. Clearing the checkbox hasn't worked yet, but it's a good start.
Adam Nissley at 2010-02-25 21:10:07
Thanks. I found this very helpful. I also found some other problem settings that were bothering me much less!
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robert at 2008-11-22 05:12:53
Thanks, worked well for me. Don't know why they disabled this feature.
Kschneidertz at 2009-05-18 07:23:18
This work for me on Ubuntu 9.04, thanks.
another one at 2010-08-01 08:49:41
worked like a charm in ubuntu 10.04... just had to run gconf-editor... thank you
Royo at 2009-11-30 21:10:08
Worked like a charm on 9.10.
Sudhi at 2011-09-18 09:30:40
Thanks a ton !
Spork at 2012-08-13 18:56:41
Works in 12.04, though adding it took some trickery (i.e. there was no "lock", so I had to add "lock/blank_screen", and it didn't show until I closed Configuration Editor and opened it again. I miss editing conf files manually sometimes.