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Re: Disable and Enable Screensaver via Bash Script

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 06:43:38PM +0000, Matthew Crews wrote:


> Makes sense to me. So I would probably need to use a FOR or WHILE loop of some kind to periodically check if my application is running. Would need to play around with it.
> Something else it looks like I could do is:
> #!/bin/bash
> xscreensaver-command -exit   # causes the xscreensaver process to close
> /usr/bin/foo                 # runs my desired application
> xscreensaver                 # restarts xscreensaver process
> While I think my above script will work, its a more brute-force method, and if something breaks then Xscreensaver might not turn back on gracefully. The FOR or WHILE loop would probably be more elegant.
> In any case, this is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!

This might be a starting point:

  sleep 10 &
  while true ; do
    echo beep
    kill -0 $! || exit
    sleep 1

Many enhancements possible :-)

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