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Run a Screen Saver in FreeBSD Console Without Restarting the Machine PDF
Thursday, 02 February 2012
Let's say you've just installed FreeBSD on a laptop and you are rebuilding world and kernel and you want to run a screen saver without rebooting the machine and interrupting the building process.

In this case do the following steps:

Add the screen saver to be activated at boot by adding the following line to /etc/rc.conf:

  saver="blank"

Load saver module (for our example we want a blank screen saver):

  kldload blank_saver

Then run vidcontrol with -t option that will run the saver in -t seconds:

  vidcontrol -t 10

 
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