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Thread: Xscreensaver only works while watching videos

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    Xscreensaver only works while watching videos

    I installed Xscreensaver on my Ubuntu installation, version 20.04. I also removed the default. When the computer is left alone for the 10 minute delay I put into the settings, the screen goes black and no screen saver comes. However, if I am watching videos on YouTube and the same 10 minutes passes, the screen saver engages. How to fix this?

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    Re: Xscreensaver only works while watching videos

    When I want to watch videos, I disable the screen saver, run my preferred video player and when that program closes, re-enable the screen saver.

    Code:
    # Disable the screensaver
    /usr/bin/xscreensaver-command -exit
    
    # run some media player .... 
    vlc 
    
    # Enable the screensaver
    /usr/bin/xscreensaver &
    To create settings for xscreensaver, use the xscreensaver-demo program. I don't know whether any DE integrates DE settings with xscreensaver, but I have doubts.

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    Re: Xscreensaver only works while watching videos

    I installed Xscreensaver on my Ubuntu installation, version 20.04. I also removed the default.
    What do you mean by default? There is no screensaver in Ubuntu 20.04 in the default install.

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