Disable screensaver - script

To disable the screensaver, create the following .sh script in the home directory and run it.

@xset s noblank
@xset s off
@xset -dpms
  # Pretty ANSI text colors
  printf "\n\n\t $YELLOW           "; date ; printf "$OFF"
  printf "\n $GREEN"
  printf "\t +------------------------------------------------+\n"
  printf "\t |                  no_blank.sh                   |\n"
  printf "\t |                rev Oct 1, 2013                 |\n"
  printf "\t |                                                |\n"
  printf "\t |  by: Jan Zumwalt - net-wrench.com              |\n"
  printf "\t |                                                |\n"
  printf "\t |  This script permanently disables the xsession |\n"
  printf "\t |  screen saver for RASPBIAN PI OS. It allows    |\n"
  printf "\t |  the user to abort before any change is made.  |\n"
  printf "\t +------------------------------------------------+$OFF\n\n"
  printf "\t This program will disable your xsession\n"
  printf "\t screen saver permanently, is this what \n"
  printf "\t you really want to do? $YELLOW<y/n>$OFF"; read -n 1 KEYIN
  if [[ $KEYIN == "N"  ||  $KEYIN == "n" ]]; then
    printf "\n\n\t OK, I quit and did not do anything.\n\n"
    exit 0
  printf "\n\n\t I intend to modify your current \n"
  printf "\t /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart \n"
  printf "\t I will add the$GREEN GREEN$OFF lines to the file...\n\n"
  printf "$DIM\n"
  pr -t -o 9 /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
  printf "$OFF$GREEN$NOBLANK" | pr -t -o 9
  printf "$OFF\n\n"
  printf "\t Is this really what you want to do? $YELLOW<y/n>$OFF"; read -n 1 KEYIN
  if [[ $KEYIN == "N"  ||  $KEYIN == "n" ]]; then
    printf "\n\n\t OK, I quit and did not do anything.\n\n"
    exit 0
  cat /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart > /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart.`date +%m-%d-%Y_%I:%M:%S`
  printf "\n\t Created backup copy of the autostart file...\n"
  printf "$NOBLANK" >> /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
  printf "\t Your new file looks like this\n"
  printf "$DIM\n"
  pr -t -o 9 /etc/xdg/lxsession/LXDE/autostart
  printf "$OFF\n\n"
  printf "\t$RED Modified file. Screensaver is now disabled.$OFF\n"
  # required so xterm will not close
  printf "\n\t press any key to exit: "; read -n 1 KEYIN
  printf "\t$GREEN Program ended normaly $OFF\n\n"

Raspbian Guest Mode

Linux is a multi-user environment by default. Each user has his own folder in /home/TheUserName

Users are highly restricted outside that folder. They only have read access to most things.

By default, the Raspberry Pi comes with a single user called pi. This user has a home directory called /home/pi/. The catch: By default the pi user has the ability to access anything through sudo, which executes commands as root.

The solution

Make a new user. By default, new users don't have sudo access.

sudo adduser guest Now, when logging in (assuming terminal mode): Just enter guest as a username, enter your password, then type startx to get into the GUI. This user will not be able to modify anything outside /home/guest.

You may also want to change the default "Pi" password, execute this as pi:

sudo passwd pi

Now your guest user will only be able to destroy their own /home/guest directory without damaging the rest of your Raspberry Pi.


You may also want to backup the fresh /home/guest. So that in case a guest messes the guest user up, you can simply recover it from the backup.

execute this as pi:

mkdir /home/pi/backup sudo cp /home/guest /home/pi/backup/guest To recover the guest account:

sudo rm -f -r /home/guest #Remove the guest folder. sudo cp /home/pi/backup/guest /home/ #Copy the backup to where the guest folder used to be. sudo chown -R guest /home/guest #Give "guest" ownership of the new guest folder. If you want the guest account to always reset on startup, make sure that same script always executes on boot by putting it in /etc/rc.local.