More sleep for DICE desktops

If you normally stay logged in to DICE overnight, read on. From Wednesday night (29 May) DICE desktops will be more likely to fall asleep.

For some years our DICE desktops have slept when nobody was logged in and the computer seemed idle. From Wednesday they’ll also fall asleep even if a login session is in progress, provided the computer has been idle for a while.

In most cases this shouldn’t be a problem – just wake the machine up when you want to use it, either by pressing a key or using the remote wake-up service (which by the way now has a new command line interface), and you should find that everything is as it was when you left it.

However a few programs don’t react so well to sleep, for instance ssh sessions onto other machines. If this matters to you there are things you can do to stop the machine from sleeping. For more details on all this see Automatic sleep on DICE machines.

About Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke is a Computing Officer in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. He works in the Managed Platforms Unit and rides a very large bicycle.
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