Differentiating between Computer Sleep and Display Sleep

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by jpelton-stroud, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. jpelton-stroud macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2013
    2012 MacBook Pro, 10.8.2


    I'm looking for a way to differentiate between Computer Sleep and Display Sleep with regards to OS X password requirements. I would very much like my computer to ask for a password when waking from full sleep, but I would like it NOT to ask for a password when it's just the display coming back up.

    "Why would you want that?" you say. So glad you asked! I sit at my desk for long periods of time, and much of that time is NOT touching the keyboard. I like the idea of the display shutting off to save power/wear and tear, but it's a pain to type my password in while I'm on the phone or trying to write on paper. However, when I do leave the office, I'd like the added security of the password when waking from full Computer Sleep.


    I found the above thread quite informative, and it worked easily & perfectly for the screensaver, though it's not the screensaver I'd like to run. Is there a com.apple.displaysleep control that I've just been unable to find? I'm not a stranger to the CLI, but I am extremely new to Macs, and I'm not sure where I should be looking for these settings.

    If this is not a realistic request I'll happily do manual screen locking prior to Computer Sleep, but I forget things, and I'd much prefer it to be automatic.

    Thanks in advance for your time.
  2. Partron22 macrumors 68020


    Apr 13, 2011
    A daemon can tell:
    Get sleepwatcher at this page.

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