There are some Internet hits for this query, but none has a satisfying answer.
How can I make VLC and xscreensaver play nice together on Ubuntu 12.10 (using xmonad, not Unity or GNOME or anything)?
I want any fullscreen application (in xmonad) and VLC to completely disable xscreensaver from taking any automatic actions. Essentially if VLC changed xscreensaver.timeout to infinity while playing, that would be perfect.
I do not want to have to run a shell script to disable the screensaver.