max osx: computer does not go to sleep anymore?

I had this weird thing: it seemed, since my update to mavericks, that my macbook pro did not go to sleep anymore. Well, when on power supply, my computer never goes to sleep, but my display does.

I know that some applications, like full screen video, make sure that the screen does not go to sleep, even though I do nothing (luckily). So I went on a venture to see if I could find which application "hanged".

Seems actually there is a really easy way to see that, in your console type

> pmset -g

And in my case the output look like this:

[system] ~/work/git/on_the_spot (master) > pmset -g
Active Profiles:
Battery Power       -1
AC Power        -1*
Currently in use:
 standbydelay         4200
 standby              1
 womp                 1
 halfdim              1
 hibernatefile        /var/vm/sleepimage
 darkwakes            1
 gpuswitch            2
 networkoversleep     0
 disksleep            10
 sleep                0 (sleep prevented by backupd)
 autopoweroffdelay    14400
 hibernatemode        3
 autopoweroff         1
 ttyskeepawake        1
 displaysleep         10 (display sleep prevented by Google Chrome)
 acwake               0
 lidwake              1

The important line: sleep prevented by Google Chrome, awesome, even I understand that :) So now the only thing I needed to do was go through my verrrry long list of tabs and check which one keeps the display from sleeping (I am an avid tab-collector). Apparently the screenhero homepage (screenhero seems like a very interesting option for remote pair programming, that's why I kept it open) for some reason blocks the display from sleeping. Makes sense when it is in use, not so much on the homepage. Closed it, and shabam ... fixed :)


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