Keeping Your Work Laptop Awake
Sometimes you’d like to keep your work laptop from sleeping, and for whatever reason, you might not be able to change your system’s power management rules. In this article, I show you how to get around that.
Before you try this, note that there are other tools that you can use to do
caffeinate is one of them, and it should be pre-installed on your Mac
or Linux machine. I always recommend checking your power management to prevent
this, as well.
keyboard Python module
Before you do this, you should do one of two things:
- Create a Python 3.6+ Virtual environment; or
- Create a Python 3.6+ Conda environment.
1 2 python3 -m venv ~/.keyboardenv ~/.keyboardenv/bin/python -m pip install keyboard
1 2 3 conda create -n keyboard python=3.6 conda activate keyboard pip install keyboard
Now, create this script and save it in your home folder.
1 2 3 import keyboard keyboard.press_and_release("f14")
Save this as
Now, in your
~/.profile file, add the following:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 # if you are using the virtualenv method: alias keep_awake='watch -n 300 "$HOME/.keyboardenv/bin.python $HOME/.keep_awake.py"' # if you're using the conda method: alias keep_awake='watch -n 300 "$HOME/miniconda3/conda/envs/keyboard/bin/python $HOME/.keep_awake.py"'
Note that the location of the environment will depend on where you installed
Miniconda/Anaconda on your laptop. I usually install it into the
Now, ensure that your directory is sourced in your shell’s rc file.
source ~/.profile to the end of your
.zshrc or the rc
file of your chosen shell.
keyboard module can be used to do a lot of interesting things, such
as making shortcuts and adding hotkeys for altered behaviour. Do explore more
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