screen blanking considered useless

Chris Adams cmadams at
Thu Sep 20 02:13:10 UTC 2007

Once upon a time, Matthew Miller <mattdm at> said:
> It *can* be changed (man setterm, man console_codes), but I believe the
> upper limit is one hour, which is probably too short for what you want.

No, you can disable it.  I've been putting:

    /usr/bin/setterm -blank 0 -store < /dev/tty1 > /dev/tty1

in /etc/rc.d/rc.local on my servers for years (probably close to 10
years or so now).

Of course, most of my servers now just have serial console, so it
doesn't do much of anything anymore.
Chris Adams <cmadams at>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Internet Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.

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