Arch Dual Monitor configuration

03-07-21 8:31 simon

I have two monitors and only ever use one at a time, I have a script and keyboard shortcut to switch between them but at the moment 99% of my time is at one monitor.

When I login I have script switch the other monitor off but after putting the machine to sleep they both wake up. I can manually run the script to turn the unneeded one off but because I cannot see it I often forget.

So here is my solution.

I created a file


and in it has

case $1/$2 in
    sleep 5
    export DISPLAY=:0
    sudo -u simon xrandr --output HDMI-0 --off > /tmp/randr.dbg 2>&1

The script must be executable so

sudo chmod +x /usr/lib/systemd/system-sleep/
The sleep part is needed to wait until both displays are awake, otherwise the command fails.

The sudo to my user is the extra piece that took some finding, a special thanks to this thread for pointing out a solution.

If you need a different option you can use any xrandr command and it will work.


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