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I was wondering how to measure the time elapsed after, say, screensaver starts and then show that time on a freedesktop notification when back.

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    The xprintidle command gives you the idle time in milliseconds for the corresponding display – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 12 '14 at 15:28
  • At least in my archlinux KDE4 system the command is not available if not installed from AUR, I'm looking for something more native if possible – Nico Rodsevich Mar 12 '14 at 18:15
  • There's also xssstate -i from suckless.org – Stéphane Chazelas Mar 12 '14 at 19:59
  • @NicoRodsevich What do you mean by "more native"? "In official Arch repos" doesn't necessarily equate to "more native". – Sparhawk Jul 27 '14 at 1:47
  • @Sparhawk I mean something that is common to most GNU/Linux distros, that comes from the very beginning, with the install of the system – Nico Rodsevich Jul 28 '14 at 3:19
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Add the following lines to your XResources file

~/.Xresources
xscreensaver.logFile:/var/log/xscreensaver.log
xscreensaver.verbose:true

This is if xcreensaver is your screensaver, you can replace it with your favorite screensaver utility.

You can then grep the log file.

  • Sorry I didn't comment before, didn't have the reputation to do so. I don't have that file in ~, only .Xdefaults and .Xauthority – Nico Rodsevich Jul 30 '14 at 15:40
  • You can create the file, I think Xdefaults also works. – delta24 Jul 31 '14 at 18:04

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