Automatic screen lock when leaving desk

utisoft at utisoft at
Tue Jul 14 20:59:43 UTC 2009

On 14 Jul 2009 21:43, Chad Perrin <perrin at> wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 05:32:01PM +0200, Frederique Rijsdijk wrote:

> > Hi,

> >

> > I'm looking for a way to automaticaly lock my X session when I leave my

> > desk. Probably just using 'xlockmore -mode blank' or such. But how to

> > detect?

> Why does it have to be automatic? Something like xlockmore or slock can

> be tied to a keyboard shortcut, such as ++. If for some

> reason you require automatic locking, though, you could perhaps set up

> some kind of Bluetooth connection detection if you have a Bluetooth

> enabled cellphone in your pocket (or something else that would work as a

> Bluetooth token) and if your computer has the right hardware. I imagine

> writing a daemon in Perl or Ruby that checks for loss of a Bluetooth

> connection would be easier than getting Bluetooth working in the first

> place might be, depending on the state of Bluetooth support in FreeBSD.

> I'm not really well-versed in the ephemera of what is used to determine

> "inactivity" on a computer, but if it's reasonably easy (or if there's a

> Perl module for it), that seems like the obvious way to handle it --

> though of course that may present problems, such as false positives on

> detecting "inactivity" when watching a movie on the computer or something

> like that.

Although it would ravish your cellphone's battery....


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