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Is there a simple way of disabling this? I don't have any power saving constraints currently, as my desktop is always plugged in and I don't mind having it running forever. All of the explanations on xset I've found so far are so long and convoluted...

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The quickest way is to:

xset -dpms
xset s off # if you also want to disable the screen saver

You can put that inside your .xinitrc so, every time you log in, that's executed. There are more efficient ways of making this programmatic though, one of them is mentioned at the end of one of Brodie Robertson's videos.

DPMS stands for Display Power Management Signaling.

You could also customize your Standby, Suspend and Off times with something like:

xset dpms 200 300 400

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