RFC: Disabling blinking cursor by default

Matthias Clasen mclasen at redhat.com
Fri Jan 30 06:21:47 UTC 2009

On Fri, 2009-01-30 at 05:31 +0000, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> The blinking cursor causes the processor and GPU to be woken up 
> frequently. On one of my test systems, this causes somewhere in the 
> region of 2 Watts of extra power consumption. I'd like to change the 
> default for this to false. Anyone have any objections?

A slightly less drastical measure would be to set the
gtk-cursor-blink-timeout setting to some reasonable value of seconds:

   * GtkSettings:gtk-cursor-blink-timeout:
   * Time after which the cursor stops blinking, in seconds.
   * The timer is reset after each user interaction.
   * Setting this to zero has the same effect as setting
   * #GtkSettings:gtk-cursor-blink to %FALSE.
   * Since: 2.12

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