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Ubuntu lock screen on laptop close lid

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="" 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!

Ubuntu 8.10 sul Dell XPS M1530 &laquo; Il blog di Andrea Lazzarotto at 2008-11-08 03:00:12

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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.