RFC: Disabling blinking cursor by default

Josh Boyer jwboyer at gmail.com
Fri Jan 30 12:27:08 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 01:21:47AM -0500, Matthias Clasen wrote:
>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:

That works for Gnome, but what about vttys and other desktop environments?

I'm not saying to not use the gtk thing, I'm just wondering if there is a
toggle that would catch it globally somewhere.


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