XIDLE(1) BSD Reference Manual XIDLE(1)
xidle - run a program on X inactivity
xidle [-area pixels] [-delay secs] [-display display] [-nw | -ne | -sw | -se] [-program path] [-timeout secs]
xidle uses the XScreenSaver(3) extension to receive inactivity events when a timeout is specified, running a specific program after the elapsed time. xidle also monitors the very corner of the given position for pointer activity and runs a program if the pointer sits there for more than the specified number of seconds. This behavior is always present, whether -timeout is specified or not. The options are as follows: -area pixels Specify the size in pixels of the corner area. The default is 2 pixels. -delay secs Specify the number of seconds the pointer has to be in the given position before running the program. The default is 2 seconds. -display display This argument allows you to specify the server to connect to; see X(7). -nw | -ne | -sw | -se Set the position to one of northwest, northeast, southwest, or southeast, respectively. If no position is specified, the de- fault is northwest. -program path Specify the full pathname of the program to run on any of the aforementioned events. Arguments to the program may also be specified, separated by whitespace. If -program is not speci- fied, the default is xlock(1). -timeout secs Set the timeout to the specified number of seconds. If -timeout is not specified, xidle won't run any program on inactivity.
Run xlock(1) using the flying bats mode if no activity is detected in 300 seconds or the pointer sits in the southwest corner for more than 5 seconds: $ xidle -delay 5 -sw -program "/usr/X11R6/bin/xlock -mode bat" \ -timeout 300
xlock(1), XScreenSaver(3), X(7)
The xidle program was written by Federico Schwindt as an xautolock re- placement.
xidle does not support resources (yet). The maximum number of arguments for -program, including the executable file, is currently set to 9. MirOS BSD #10-current July 29, 2013 1
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