mate-screensaver-command man page

mate-screensaver-command ā€” controls MATE screensaver


mate-screensaver-command [OPTION...]


mate-screensaver-command is a tool for controlling an already running instance of mate-screensaver.



Causes the screensaver to exit gracefully

-q, --query

Query the state of the screensaver

-t, --time

Query the length of time the screensaver has been active

-l, --lock

Tells the running screensaver process to lock the screen immediately

-c, --cycle

If the screensaver is active then switch to another graphics demo

-a, --activate

Turn the screensaver on (blank the screen)

-d, --deactivate

If the screensaver is active then deactivate it (un-blank the screen)

-p, --poke

Poke the running screensaver to simulate user activity

-i, --inhibit

Inhibit the screensaver from activating. Command blocks while inhibit is active.

-n, --application-name

The calling application that is inhibiting the screensaver

-r, --reason

The reason for inhibiting the screensaver

-V, --version

Version of this application


This manual page was originally written by Sven Arvidsson <> for gnome-screensaver-command.

See Also


Referenced By

mate-screensaver(1), mate-screensaver-preferences(1).

2007-09-27 MATE