I'm on Ubuntu 12.10. I installed the xubuntu-desktop package to see if I would like it and determined I would prefer to keep using unity. Ever since I did that I've been running into certain issues when using unity. I never had a screensaver before, but now there is one and I can't seem to turn it off or configure it from the settings menu.

Coming back from the screen saver also results in a compiz error message sometimes. I also have a new update notification icon as mentioned in this related question.

How do I turn off the screensaver? I'd like to remove the package completely if I could.


Run the following command in the terminal:

sudo apt-get remove xscreensaver
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  • Do I have to manually remove all the extra things xubuntu-desktop installed now? Seems like apt-get remove --purge xubuntu-desktop didn't touch its dependencies. – Blitzkev Jan 3 '13 at 16:11
  • @Blitzkev Did removing xscreensaver work? Yes, you have to manually remove the extra things because xubuntu-desktop is just a meta package. Solutions here: askubuntu.com/search?q=remove+xubuntu – functionptr Jan 3 '13 at 20:12

There are screensaver settings also in x-system. You can use terminal to turn screensaver/blanking off by command: xset s 0 0 (times in seconds, 0 means off) and you can turn power management off by command: xset -dpms and on by xset +dpms

Default setting for saver are:xset s 600 600 (=10 minutes as you may have noticed).

If you remove or replace xscreensaver or gnome-screensaver these setting can still turn you display off. You may want to look the curret settings by command: xset q

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