DPMS event notification

Carsten Haitzler raster at rasterman.com
Sat Jan 20 05:13:04 UTC 2018

On Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:51:31 +0000 "Nick" <nick at kousu.ca> said:

You can't. You can get screensaver events though but these are not specifically
DPMS. X screensaver extension covers those.

FYI However you're hacking this together... this is the reason why WM's these
days tend to be integrated "does everything" things. Because a WM would listen
for the screensaver event to know a timeout on input has happened, or it will
listen to power button or other such events, and when these happen it'll
ACTIVELY do things like dim the backlight, fade the screen to black then force
DPMS on then itself, perhaps clock the cpu down too to a power saving mode, and
maybe ask the system to suspend. I suspect what you want is to sit and hack on
i3 to make it capable like these other WM's. Make it in charge of these things
then it can just take care of it.

> (re: https://www.mail-archive.com/xorg@lists.freedesktop.org/msg14972.html)
> Hello Taylor,
> I have the same problem as you! I want to hook DPMS events in X. Given that
> you never got any responses to this message, I take it the answer is that
> it's impossible, but it's been half a decade so I thought I'd ask again: do
> you, or anyone else on this list, know how to hook DPMS state changes in X?
> My use case is a little of the
> more-things-change-the-more-they-stay-the-same: I have a tablet and I want it
> to behave like Android: to save power, it should time out and blank the
> screen, or react to the power button by blanking the screen, and it should
> either immediately lock (using slock or i3lock) or lock after some idle time
> blanked (`sleep 300; slock` or `xlock -lockdelay 300` are equally good), and
> it should disable the mouse and touchscreen while blanked because it's just
> too easy to knock the screen while it's off and wake it back up again (and
> possibly tap a button in the offing).
> I can blank the screen and lock it after a delay like this:
> xset dpms 0 0 45
> xautolock -time 5 -locker "xlock -lockdelay 300"
> And make the power button trigger:
> # (this is i3 syntax but you could do it with xmodmap or the Gnome GUI or
> # whatever)
> bindsym XF86PowerOff exec xset dpms force off
> It's a bit grungry, because xautolock works in minutes whereas xlock and xset
> work in seconds, and you have to do a mental subtraction to work out the gap
> between blanking and locking, but it roughly works.
> It's the bit about the touchscreen/mouse that makes this really hard. I found
> https://superuser.com/questions/71704/dpms-keep-screen-off-when-lid-shut from
> years ago but there's no good solutions there. I could add a `xinput
> set-int-prop $TOUCHSCREEN "Device Enabled" 8 "0"` to the PowerOff trigger,
> but there's no place to hook it in the same way for the timeout because y;
> maybe I could use two xautolocks, one to turn off the screen and mouse and
> one to lock later, except xautolock specifically denies that. Maybe I could
> write a "locker" that looks like
> #!/bin/sh
> xset dpms force off
> xinput set-int-prop $TOUCHSCREEN "Device Enabled" 8 "0"
> xinput set-int-prop $MOUSE "Device Enabled" 8 "0"
> sleep 300
> xlock
> and have xautolock run that. But I'd need to be careful about trapping
> signals and relaying them to children, and it still doesn't know when to
> re-enable the mouse -- which should be tied to the screen being on. It would
> be infinitely easier if there was a dpms-events and I could just run a script
> #!/bin/sh
> MOUSE=...
> dpms-events | while read event; do
> case $event in
> xinput set-int-prop $TOUCHSCREEN "Device Enabled" 8 "0"
> xinput set-int-prop $MOUSE "Device Enabled" 8 "0"
> ;;
> xinput set-int-prop $TOUCHSCREEN "Device Enabled" 8 "1"
> xinput set-int-prop $MOUSE "Device Enabled" 8 "1"
> ;;
> done
> And then let X timeout and blank the screen or run "xset force dpms off" at
> will, or "xset force dpms on" (which is what waking the machine by tapping a
> button on the keyboard or press the power button should do).
> For clues, I went digging into jwz's xscreensaver in order to see how he
> handles it; it turns out he wrote his own eventing system for screensavers
> (see https://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/man3.html -> `open (IN,
> "xscreensaver-command -watch |"); while (<IN>) { if (m/^(BLANK|LOCK)/)
> { ...`), but how that's actually implemented is on top of a huge pile of
> hacks and second-guessing X in order to handle the mismash of X variants out
> in the wild. The main() comment
> <https://github.com/Zygo/xscreensaver/blob/39809ded547bdbb08207d3e514950425215b4410/driver/xscreensa
> er.c#L12> reads
> > * We do this in one of three different ways: periodically
> > * checking with the XIdle server extension; selecting key and mouse events
> > * on (nearly) all windows; or by waiting for the MIT-SCREEN-SAVER extension
> > * to send us a "you are idle" event.
> The only thing it has to do with DPMS is forcing the monitor settings to
> match what xscreensaver thinks they should be
> <https://github.com/Zygo/xscreensaver/blob/39809ded547bdbb08207d3e514950425215b4410/driver/dpms.c#L1
> 0>.
> So after all that, I'm pretty sure what I'm looking for doesn't exist, but I
> am not very familiar with X internals so maybe there's a secret
> DPMSSelectInput to match XScreenSaverSelectInput. Anyone got a clue?
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