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I'm using Xscreensaver. I replaced gnome-screensaver with it. Made such link:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/xscreensaver-command /usr/bin/gnome-screensaver-command

However, hitting Ctrl+Alt+L does nothing even after I replaced actual command. But running xscreensaver-command -lock inside terminal locks screen fine.

Any ideas?

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From your Dash search for keyboard

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Then go to shortcuts tab

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Under System menu go to lock screen and change the associated shortcut to a new One.

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on Custom Shortcuts click on + and enter the command xscreensaver-command and associated it the Ctrl+Alt+L shortcut.

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Yep, I made custom shortcut, but locking does not work anyway except xscreensaver-command -lock typed in terminal. Also, I have entry xscreensaver -nosplash inside Startup Applications, if someone suspects that I don't have it. Anyway, thanks for your try. – Danatela Feb 18 '14 at 5:36
have you made the custom shortcut with the command xscreensaver-command -lock ? – Maythux Feb 18 '14 at 5:38
Yes. I should relogin after that, and now it works! – Danatela Feb 18 '14 at 5:50
@Danatela Ok good. Glad to be able to help. wish you nice time – Maythux Feb 18 '14 at 5:52

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