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    Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    I'm surprised that there are not more people wanting to login to Gnome Flashback and have a working screensaver. You cannot unistall gnome-screensaver because it is a dependency for gnome-session-flashback.
    This was the common practice after the initial install of other Ubuntu versions: uninstall gnome-screensaver, install xscreensaver and add it to your startup applications.

    This problem was introduced with Saucy and persists in Trusty.

    If you want a working screensaver in flashback add your name to this bug.

    Here is what you need in Trusty:
    1) Add this to a text file:
    PHP Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    sleep 180
    killall gnome
    -screensaver 
    2) Then save it in your home directory as /home/cavsfan/killscreensaver.sh (of course substituting your username with cavsfan).
    3) Enter sudo chmod +x /home/cavsfan/killscreensaver.sh to make it executable.
    4) Enter sudo chown root:root /home/cavsfan/killscreensaver.sh to make it owned by root.
    5) Add /home/cavsfan/killscreensaver.sh to your startup programs.

    6) Add this to another text file:
    PHP Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    sleep 240
    xscreensaver 
    -no-splash 
    7) Then save it in your home directory as /home/cavsfan/xscreensaver-start.sh (of course substituting your username with cavsfan).
    * this script must not be owned by root or the screensaver will not start.
    8) Add /home/cavsfan/xscreensaver-start.sh to your startup programs.
    9) Make gnome-screensaver unexecutable with this command sudo chmod -x /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver just to make double sure.

    I've tried many combinations and many did not work but the above appears to work OK.
    I even entered sudo killall gnome-screensaver in terminal and it killed it but it re-spawned back to life somehow.
    It is set to kill gnome-screensaver after 3 minutes because it doesn't start for a while and anything less will not work.
    Then it starts xscreensaver after 4 minutes and it cannot be started before gnome-screensaver is killed or it will not start.
    I logged out and back in and this worked. Haven't tried rebooting but, that should do.
    Last edited by Cavsfan; February 8th, 2014 at 10:17 PM. Reason: Problem resolved.
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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Received an email this morning that this dependency will be fixed and will be in the next upload.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...l/+bug/1199074
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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Now I noticed that the email was about Saucy. Have to wait and see if it gets to Trusty but I imagine it will.
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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    I subscribed, me too'ed, and added the trusty tag along with a comment.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...074/comments/7

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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    There probably would be more people trying, if they are like me I still have NOT been successful in getting 'Flashback' with or without whatever

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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazzabin View Post
    There probably would be more people trying, if they are like me I still have NOT been successful in getting 'Flashback' with or without whatever
    But you're talking about Flashback w/compiz:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...2#post12887102

    It's been discussed that we should drop "flashback" for compiz although no decision has been made.

    What's needed by Edubuntu for it's LTSP installs is only flashback w/metacity

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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by kansasnoob View Post
    I subscribed, me too'ed, and added the trusty tag along with a comment.

    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...074/comments/7
    I got into Saucy and the update wasn't there. Guess maybe tomorrow. I had added that it affects Trusty already but didn't tag it so that is good.
    I had also added my workaround. A script that killed gnome-screensaver which let Xscreensaver work. If gnome-screensaver was still running Xscreensaver could not work.
    Xscreensaver is the only one I am aware of that is being kept up to date and is also in the regular repositories. I'm happy with it as there are many choices.
    I have mine set to Piecewise which I like.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazzabin View Post
    There probably would be more people trying, if they are like me I still have NOT been successful in getting 'Flashback' with or without whatever
    I have only been in Lunity long enough to install the necessary components gnome-session-flashback needs and then I got into Flashback.
    Only after I heard Kansasnoob mention flashback with compiz and flashback with metacity did I notice they had changed.

    I only use flashback with compiz and it's been running smooth as silk for a long time now.

    I am working from an ISO that was created a while back.

    Code:
    cavsfan@cavsfan-MS-7529:~$ ls -ld /var/log/installer | awk '{ print $6 " " $7 " " $8 }'
    Nov 24 10:51
    About the only thing that works in the indicator-applet-complete (the top right button on the top panel) is suspend, but it works very well.
    I have Cairo Dock running along with the cube and the whole nine yards. Even got Emerald window decorator installed.

    Have to use Cairo Dock to logout, restart, etc. but I don't mind. It's just like Saucy was/is.

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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by Hazzabin View Post
    There probably would be more people trying, if they are like me I still have NOT been successful in getting 'Flashback' with or without whatever
    I can 'me too' this comment. I can't get Gnome Flashback working with either compiz or metacity so the discussion about screensavers is, for me, moot. I do have Gnome Shell working so I may fiddle with the screensaver in that and see how I go.

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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by PJs Ronin View Post
    I can 'me too' this comment. I can't get Gnome Flashback working with either compiz or metacity so the discussion about screensavers is, for me, moot. I do have Gnome Shell working so I may fiddle with the screensaver in that and see how I go.
    I've had very little trouble with Flashback w/Metacity so you must be doing something wrong.

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    Re: Trusty screensaver in Flashback

    Quote Originally Posted by filter1102 View Post
    Thanks but, that email was previously noted. We're waiting on one that says "final release" I believe. But, that will be good when it happens!
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