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I cannot for the love of god figure out how to configure the screensaver to be run (which in turn causes the screen to be locked) every time I shut the lid of my laptop. I have xscreensaver installed and on Xfce it allowed me to configure an action when the lid is shut. Well, not on Gnome 3 :-( Any ideas?

Edit: I do not want the computer to suspend/hibernate when I shut the lid; simply blank the screen.

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in your /etc/systemd/logind.conf file, add the line


or if that doesn't work,


Source: http://www.freedesktop.org/software/systemd/man/logind.conf.html

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Don't know if it matters but he's on Fedora. – slm Aug 15 '13 at 16:16
Releated: forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=292190. That variable can also take the value lock. – slm Aug 15 '13 at 16:23
Agreed that comment was more to guard you if others come along in the future and see the difference they'll know that it was already addressed by your follow-up comment. I also provided a link to fedoraforum with the same solution for added protection. – slm Aug 15 '13 at 16:25
Yes, that would work if I wanted the machine to suspend. But I simply want to blank the screen and lock it at the same time when I shut the lid, not suspend. – mart1n Aug 16 '13 at 7:52

From this answer: http://superuser.com/questions/748482/how-to-suspend-from-lockscreen-in-gnome-3 , in your /etc/systemd/logind.conf change the line to:


and then sudo systemctl restart systemd-logind to restart the service.

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