[lug] Configuring the screensaver

Gary Hodges Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov
Fri Feb 16 16:17:50 MST 2007

Ken MacFerrin wrote:
> Ken MacFerrin wrote:
>> Gary Hodges wrote:
>>> Ted Logan wrote:
>>>> On 2/14/07, Gary Hodges <Gary.Hodges at noaa.gov> wrote:
>>>>> I once knew a command that I could use to activate or deactivate
>>>>> individual screensavers.  There is one screensaver that locks up my
>>>>> machine and I don't even want the option of choosing it.  Anyone know
>>>>> the command I'm talking about?
>>>> If you're running xscreensaver, run:
>>>> $ xscreensaver-demo
>>>> which lets you pick which screensavers to use.
>>> That's the command I was looking for.  xscreensaver wasn't installed on
>>> my computer (Kubuntu 6.06 LTS).  I installed it but it seems to be
>>> blocked from taking over whatever screensaver KDE uses by default with
>>> Kubuntu.
>> You can change this by replacing the /usr/kde/3.5/bin/kdesktop_lock
>> binary with an executable shell script containing the following:
>> #!/bin/sh
>> xscreensaver-command -lock
> A bit more detailed info:
> http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/man1.html#10

Thanks for the tip/link.  I went through and it is working. 
xscreensaver includes a lot more screen savers than the default KDE 
install.  FWIW, I have so far found the following four to completely 
lock X up:  Galaxy, Julia, FadePlot, Hopalong.  I have to remote log in 
a reboot.  With the KDE default screen savers, Lorenz Attractor locks X.

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