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I found this helpful question Replace xscreensaver With gnome-screensaver (Xubuntu) but the executable gnome-screensaver-preferences can't be found. So I'm not sure what to do, to get gnome-screensaver working correctly.

How do I configure it if that program isn't there?

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Messing with the screensaver in ubuntu is a sure way to bork it up. – philipyassin May 2 '13 at 15:35

I know that this is a very late reply but hopefully someone still finds it useful. Ubuntu 12.04 and newer releases have no configuration tool for Gnome's screensaver as it is more a screen blanker than an actual screensaver.

Gnome's developers are not willing to change this, so you may want revert back to xscreensaver, which has a graphical configuration tool. Please see this question if you need help with getting xscreensaver back.

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Try opening Terminal (By pressing Control + Alt + 'T') and then typing in 'sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver gnome-screensaver-preferences xscreensaver' Then once it's finished, type 'sudo apt-get -f install'. Then try installing gnome-screensaver again. I am sure there is at least one or two third party programs that you could use to customize gnome-screensaver. You could also look in the program 'synaptic' and search for 'gnome-screensaver' and 'xscreensaver', then reinstall gnome-screensaver if required.

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