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#1 2009-02-02 16:46:10

Registered: 2009-01-26
Posts: 13

HOWTO: configure xscreensaver instead of gnome-screensaver

first of all, sorry for my lack of english
i have never been a fan of gnome-screensaver, the main reason is there aren't much options
and i think xscreensaver is a lot more interesting (espescially barcode and xmatrix big_smile)

this is my first tutorial and it's written specifically for CrunchBang Linux (and any other ubuntu-derived distro using openbox) smile
to be honest, there are a lots of tutorials like this, but the others are kinda daunting to be followed by openbox
luckily openbox has its own autostart configuration so it's a lot easier to configure big_smile

ok let's get started


1. install these following packages

 sudo apt-get install xscreensaver xscreensaver-gl xscreensaver-data xscreensaver-data-extra

2. in this step you can either choose to remove gnome-screensaver entirely or just disable it (enabling xscreensaver and gnome-screensaver at the same time cause conflict)
- to remove simply :

sudo apt-get remove gnome-screensaver

- to disable :
open in ~.config/openbox/
remove or comment the line just below the "# Start screensaver deamon"
save, then exit

3. now after you installed the packages, run "xscreensaver" via terminal, choose your favorite screensaver and settings and close

4. add "xscreensaver -nosplash" entry just below the "# Start screensaver deamon", it'll make xscreensaver daemon to be run each time the openbox start

5. edit menu.xml in ~.config/openbox/ and search for "Screensaver" string, then change the value between <execute> to xscreensaver-demo

that's all, hope it helps smile

Last edited by agaz (2009-02-03 08:23:43)


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#2 2009-02-02 17:36:33

#! CrunchBanger
From: Denmark
Registered: 2009-01-10
Posts: 164

Re: HOWTO: configure xscreensaver instead of gnome-screensaver

Hi agaz smile

Your english is fine !

I wonder, why don't you make a wiki page based on what you wrote above ??

It's very easy ! Just PM me and I'll guide you trough it smile


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#3 2009-08-22 14:13:44

Registered: 2009-07-17
Posts: 19

Re: HOWTO: configure xscreensaver instead of gnome-screensaver

works perfect. just for those who are removing gnome-screensaver. You wont be able to access the power management preferences since it runs from within the gnome-screensaver-preferences. So simply add one more item in menu ( using gui menu editor or menu.xml ) that points to: gnome-power-preferences. That way u get xscreensaver and the power preferences.


#4 2009-09-25 01:32:49

New Member
Registered: 2009-09-25
Posts: 1

Re: HOWTO: configure xscreensaver instead of gnome-screensaver

Hmm, for some reason the tint2 taskbar disappears after returning from xscreensaver.

Any ideas why it may do this? Im still pretty fresh to #! so it may be a simple edit fix.

EDIT: A reboot after making the above edits seemed to fix it.

Last edited by sonicbomb77 (2009-09-25 02:06:02)


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