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Print your X idle time

Xprintidle is a utility that queries the X server for the user’s idle time and prints it to stdout (in milliseconds). You could use it to check if anyone was sitting on your computer while you were away :P or even write scripts to perfom simple tasks like limiting your total idle time or send mails and notices.

# apt-get install xprintidle

Example:

while [ 1 ];
do
if [ `xprintidle` -gt 120000 ];
then
notify-send "You have been idle for 2 mins"
   break
fi
sleep 1
done

This script will send a notification when idle is more than 2mins and stop.

Be creative :D