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XScreenSaver is a collection of free screensavers. It can be used as an alternative to gnome-screensaver.

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How to prevent XScreenSaver to load while playing videos on browsers (ARM)?

According to the XScreenSaver wiki, the app should automatically recognize when browsers are playing videos, but it doesn't for me. I'm running Ubuntu 23.04 over ARM (RPi4), and the app loads while on ...
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How to make Xscreensaver not load while Brave Browser runs videos

I'm running Ubuntu over ARM (RPi4), and I have XScreenSaver installed. The screensaver loads while Brave Browser plays Youtube videos. It doesn't load while VLC is running videos, though. ...
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Xscreensaver not locking automatically on OS Xubuntu 22.04

I upgraded my operating system from 18.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS however after the upgade I wanted to use XSCREENSAVER instead of the default light or xfce, now when I copied all the configurations from 18....
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java program in xscreensaver

Trying to run my Java Swing program in xscreensaver. The program runs great from command line. It uses the whole screen with JFrame frame = new JFrame(); GraphicsEnvironment ge = ...
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systemctl: Failed to connect to bus

On Ubuntu 22.04, I'm trying to set up xscreensaver as a daemon using systemctl. Following these instructions, I've created the following at ~/.config/systemd/user/xscreensaver.service: [Unit] ...
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Unable to login, blank screen does not revive, after upgrade to 22.04

Yesterday I attempted an OS upgrade from Ubuntu Linux 20.04 LTS to 22.04 LTS. The machine being upgraded was a new Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 10. Following the upgrade I have two severe problems ...
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After a long wait, the PAM window turns on asking for a password that never matches

After a long wait, the PAM window turns on asking for a password that never matches. It says: xscreensaver: assuming NULL password means cancel and xscreensaver: authentification via PAM ...
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how to stop gsd-screensaver from running in ubuntu 22 LTS

I'm running Ubuntu 22 LTS I'm trying to get my xscreensaver-systemd process to run but I get the following error: "xscreensaver-systemd: 20:07:40: failed to connect as org.freedesktop....
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Is there anyway to let Xscreensaver work after locking your screen?

So, I installed Xscreensaver, and somehow I want the screensaver to show even after locking my desktop, is there any possible way to do that ? Thank you in advance.
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How to make XScreenSaver work on Ubuntu 22.04?

I installed Ubuntu 22.04 (normal and minimum) on VirtualBox, and installed gcc, libx11-dev, libxss-dev. Then I compiled the code using gcc -o idle idle.c -lXss -lX11. When I run ./idle, I receive the ...
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ubuntu 22.04 xscreensaver not working

On ubuntu 22.04 the xscreensaver was unable to lock the screen. I executed "xscreensaver-command -lock", its returned "xscreensaver-command: locking not enabled." However, the ~/....
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Xscreensaver Carousel photo randomness vs inclusiveness

In xscreensaver I'm using carousel (does same for GLSlideshow...), but notice it only 'randomly' selects very few photo files from the directory for the carousel, many are repeated several times in ...
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xscreensaver not working after upgrade to 21.04

I recently upgraded from Ubuntu 20.04 to 21.04 (using gnome). When I run the command to startup the xscreensaver process I get the following: xscreensaver: 16:32:30: locking is disabled (Cannot lock ...
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xscreensaver build - failing on make install

For a couple years now I've been building locally xscreensaver using the .configure make sudo make install combination. Today however the sudo make install is failing with permission issues: sudo ...
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How do I switch between users, without logging out?

I am using Lubuntu, my desktop environment is lxQt and screensaver is xScreensaver. I'm trying to figure out a way to switch between users, (e.g. when pressing Meta + L). Even though, it is possible ...
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Prevent XScreenSaver from locking after Restore, but keep LightDM screen lock?

I'm currently running XUbuntu 18.04 on a laptop, and have completely removed gnome-screensaver (not enough controls) and replaced it with xscreensaver (so I can choose which selection of effects it ...
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How to have ubuntu without gnome-screensaver and light-locker

I do long operations which are steadily getting broken by any power or screen saving utility, so I want to have ubuntu without any power or screensaving programs. I tried: sudo apt autoremove --purge ...
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I have a question about the [multiple] screensaver app(s) I have installed

I have just upgraded to Xubuntu 20.04, but I believe this was the same way under 18.04 as well, I am just now getting around to look at the issue. If I go to Xubuntu menu -> Settings, there are ...
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Random screensavers on VNC server (resource intense)

I am currently using a VNC server on my desktop (Ubuntu 16.04 Mate DE) at work to work from home (through an intermediate SHH server). However, it has now started to use random screensavers when idle ...
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Xscreensaver not working properly

I don't understand Linux and sys-admin stuff, but I have installed recently xscreensaver Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS as described here and I have followed all the steps. If I lock the screen with Cntrl+Alt+L ...
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Public computer needs to pkill chromium when xscreensaver blanks

What I need is for Chromium to be closed any time xscreensaver blanks the screen (public terminal at a hotel, people are remarkably lax about their own personal security). Attached is a script I found ...
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Video as sreensaver with xscreensaver and websreensaver

I wanted to use video as my screen saver. I followed the steps from here. I did all as mentioned but xscreensaver is showing black(blank) output. What should I do? image
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How can I add screensaver to startup applications?

How do I add a screensaver to the startup application? I have used this command: xscreensaver -no-splash What am I doing wrong or not doing? I am using the latest Ubuntu version.
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Xscreensaver turns on after leaving sleep mode

When I wake my computer I always find out that xscreensaver is showing on the screen, despite it wasn't when I put computer into sleep. How can I fix this?
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Replace xscreensaver locker with a better tool (sddm, gdm3) on Lubuntu (LXQt)

Upon logging in on Lubuntu 19.04 it is using sddm, but when the computer is idle too long and it goes into idle, when I go to log back in it is using xscreensaver(which I can't stand the look of). I ...
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How to use xscreensaver on Kubuntu 18.04; 20.04 (KDE, Plasma)

How can the KDE standard lock screen be replaced by the xscreensaver?
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Using conky as screensaver on dual monitors

tl;dr- Added conky to xscreensaver. Doesn't show up on lock screen, but shows up on desktop. I'm trying to create my own screensaver by adding my Conky configuration to xscreensaver. I read the ...
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18.10 -- gdk-pixbuf/gdk-pixbuf-xlib.h: No such file or directory

Make of xscreensaver-5.42 failing on this error. ximage-loader.c:43:12: fatal error: gdk-pixbuf/gdk-pixbuf-xlib.h: No such file or directory # include <gdk-pixbuf/gdk-pixbuf-xlib.h> ^~...
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xscreensaver on 18.10 MATE - not starting

I have this on two machines with the same problem. This has only recently started happening -- last couple weeks or so with frequent if not daily updates. An 18.04 machine is working fine. No ...
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Use Xscreensaver at the login screen

I'm using Xubuntu 18.04 and I'd like to show a carousel of images as screeensaver. I installed Xscreensaver and it works fine when a user is logged in but I can't make it work at the login screen. ...
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Every Screensaver in XScreensaver is showing in Show Applications

So I just updated xscreensaver, and after doing so, every single individual screensaver is showing up as its own application in the "Show Application" menu. I looked in my /usr/share/applications ...
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pointerhysteresis parameter not being read in xscrensaver

I'm trying to disable wake-on-mouse from suspend and not having much success. As an alternative I attempted to increase the pointerhysteresis variable in the Xscreensaver configuration file as others ...
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how to install Xscreensaver?

i've been trying to install this all morning, but i get this error. i don't know hoow to solve it... Im on ubuntu 18.04
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Lightlocker and Xscreensaver conflicting

I have installed Ubuntu 18.04 but found gnome too heavy for my old hardware. So I installed Xubuntu-desktop: sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop synaptic sudo apt-get remove gdm3 sudo dpkg-...
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enable screensaver before login

How to enable and configure screensaver before login? If nobody has logged in or everyone has logged out, screensaver should show up after a certain timeout.
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Please, what are the ubuntu 16.04 LTS screensaver installation commands? [duplicate]

Please, what are the ubuntu 16.04 LTS screensaver installation commands? I will be grateful for any help that could help me to properly do the screensaver installation through terminal.
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Configure xscreensaver to use another program's screensaver?

I use Boinc for shared computing of Seti@Home. I would like to set the Boinc screensaver on my Ubuntu 14.04. For that I installed xscreensaver and I got the advice to add the following to the '...
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Disable xscreensaver when watching Kodi video?

Is there any way of disabling xscreensaver when a video is being played back in Kodi (17.6). I'm running Ubuntu 17.10. I've seen proposed workarounds for Flash or Youtube video playback, but nothing ...
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How lock the unlock screen after wrong password attempts?

I enabled pam_tally2 to lock a user after several password attempts. It works well at the TTY, login screen and ssh. However, I usually lock the screen when leaving the computer. You can type as many ...
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computer screen randomly turns off

I installed xscreensaver on my Xubuntu. Sometimes, my screen blanks for a few seconds while I'm working, generally several times in a row. I really don't know what the problem is. Here are a few ...
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Why does xscreensaver get removed for each Ubuntu version upgrade?

This is less a technical question, and more seeking the reasoning (which may end up being technical anyways). I use xscreensaver because I like the screensavers, and lock my computer regularly. ...
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Install Xscreensaver under V17.10

I've tried to install the Xscreensaver under 17.10 (Artful Ardvark) with no success. 17.10 uses Gnome, so the question is, I think, how do I install Xsceensaver under Gnome.
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Are there any more modern screen saver options for GNOME?

I would like a more modern screensaver than xscreensaver or a way to configure xscreensaver to look better.
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xscreensaver lock screen with Unity lock screen in Ubuntu 16.04

I have searched many posts about "xscreensaver lock screen to use unity lock screen" such as: How do I configure xscreensaver to use the GNOME lockscreen on Ubuntu 14.04? But I still don't know how to ...
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How do you change the command to lock the screen in kde plasma 5?

I installed xscreensaver in kde, because i dont like the way the default gnome screensaver looks, and after installing xscreensaver, i uninstalled gnome screensaver. I am not asking for the keyboard ...
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Xubuntu: xscreensaver crashes on lock screen

I'm running 16.04 on a Dell Inspiron 5567. I removed lightdm so my screen locker is xscreensaver. I did so because I was having trouble with bringing back the system after suspension with lightdm: ...
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Xscreensaver daemon is not running on display ":0.0"

First time poster, long time answer seeker. I had to install Xubuntu 16.04.1 LTS over the Lubuntu 16.10 due to bugs and other issues (system would crash constantly, display drivers decided to quit ...
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couldn't write /root/.xscreensaver

I know it's still quite experimental stuff and maybe not suited for this forum but nevertheless: I'm using ubuntu on windows 10 and would like to run xscreensaver (because I love that program :-D). ...
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I have Ubuntu 14.04. Do I use xscreensaver or gnome screensaver?

I had version 12.04 on another machine. I don't remember the terminal command to get screensavers. I had a simple one called "box fit". Anyone know how I can get the simple screensavers back? I don't ...
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Changing Xscreensaver's Video Player from mpv to VLC

The official documentation for xscreensaver gives an example of how to play videos as a screensaver: Install mpv and add something like the following to the `programs' preference in your ....
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