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    HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Although xscreensaver is much better and liked by many users, the Ubuntu devs replaced it with gnome-screensaver simply cause -

    1) It's integrates better with the gnome-desktop.
    2) It follows release cycles of Gnome.

    Since the devs and admins won't listen, we users have to clean their **** up and this is the howto -

    In Ubuntu, the gnome-screensaver is running; but xscreensaver is better, so we need to replace it.

    The gnome-screensaver runs as a daemon...removing this gnome-screensaver package will remove this executable also -

    Code:
    apt-get remove gnome-screensaver
    And install xscreensaver -

    Code:
    apt-get install xscreensaver
    Then start the xscreensaver executable to start the xscreensaver daemon.

    Code:
    xscreensaver -nosplash
    xscreensaver-demo will show the xscreensaver's configuration dialog, the thing that you see in system>preferences.

    Now that standby/suspend/screen off is controlled by gnome-screensaver and configured through the power manager(system>preferences), since it's disabled now, it won't work anymore, but other configuration (power button action etc...) will still work.

    Configure your standby/suspend/screen off configuration form xscreensaver.

    Next, you have to add the xscreensaver -nosplash at startup; to do so, goto system>prefferences>startup applications; there click add and after putting a name, add "xscreensaver -nospash" in the comand section.

    To have all screensavers enabled -

    Code:
    apt-get install unicode-screensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra rss-glx xscreensaver-data-extra
    Last edited by dE_logics; May 13th, 2010 at 04:46 PM.

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    hi,
    i installed xscreensaver 2 hours ago. i did like you but through synaptic.
    it's better to ask stupid question than to do something stupid.

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Quote Originally Posted by azertyh View Post
    hi,
    i installed xscreensaver 2 hours ago. i did like you but through synaptic.
    Yeah, it's the same thing.

    You see synaptic is a front end to apt-get and apt-cache. But you should remove gnome-screensaver though to make the screensavers work properly.

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Thx, my screensavers in xfce stopped working and now they are back working because of your info!

    Quote Originally Posted by dE_logics View Post
    Then start the xscreensaver executable to start the xscreensaver daemon.

    Code:
    xscreensaver -nosplash
    Next, you have to add the xscreensaver -nosplash at startup; to do so, goto system>prefferences>startup applications; there click add and after putting a name, add "xscreensaver -nospash" in the comand section.

    To have all screensavers enabled -

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Quote Originally Posted by dE_logics View Post
    ...
    Next, you have to add the xscreensaver -nosplash at startup; to do so, goto system>prefferences>startup applications; there click add and after putting a name, add "xscreensaver -nospash" in the comand section...
    I just wanted to point out the "nospash" typo in that paragraph. If you copy and paste from the wrong section of the message, as I nearly did, you'll get unexpected results.

    Otherwise, great stuff, thanks!

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    It appears that notify-osd will overlap xscreensaver, meaning while the screensaver is active, any notifications that you get will still show up. There's an open bug from October on launchpad, but it doesn't look like anyone has done anything with it. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...sd/+bug/660224 Has anyone else had this issue or know a way to fix it?
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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Ok.. so if the bug is still not fixed.. and i checked.. it's not. any one have any idea how to fully remove the XScreensaver and put back the sreensaver for Gnome? i tired to reverse the code above.. and i cant Tell Screen saver to start of X screen to stop.. got any ideas? I even removed the Start Daemon thing from Start up..

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get purge xscreensaver unicode-screensaver xscreensaver-gl-extra rss-glx xscreensaver-data-extra
    to remove everything from xscreensaver. Then use synaptic to reinstall gnome-screensaver. You may need to reinstall gnome-power-management as well and put gnome-screensaver in your startup.

    http://live.gnome.org/GnomeScreensaver
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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    I really prefer the xscreensaver controls, but... I've gotta be able to lock my screen. Does this really mean I'm stuck with gnome-screensaver?

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    Re: HOWTO (simple one) replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stormdancer View Post
    I really prefer the xscreensaver controls, but... I've gotta be able to lock my screen. Does this really mean I'm stuck with gnome-screensaver?
    Nope, please see this guide how to re-enable the lock screen :

    http://www.tuxgarage.com/2011/10/ins...10-ubuntu.html

    Regards.

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