Gnome Screensaver issues?

Miles Lane miles.lane at
Tue Feb 21 04:31:36 GMT 2006

On 2/20/06, Lee Revell <rlrevell at> wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-02-20 at 21:00 -0600, Diamond Software wrote:
> > I've been following the issues regarding Gnome Screensaver on the
> > Ubuntu community forums, and just wanted to raise it here prior to
> > the UI freeze (as suggested). In a nutshell, many screensavers
> > require options to be configured and the Gnome Screensaver has no way
> > of setting these. Performance and responsiveness have also been noted
> > as problems.
> If it's true that mplayer's stop-xscreensaver feature does not work with
> it. that's an absolute showstopper IMHO.

Well, I have looked at the traffic on screensaver-list at
and gnome-devel at and, from what I have seen, there
seems little likelihood that any work will happen to get the xscreensaver
hacks that need a path to an image directory to work correctly.
This a pretty big failing in gnome-screensaver, since it breaks
six or seven of the screensavers.  At least, I haven't found a way to
get GLSlideshow to display pictures.  It seems to me that, at the
very least, all the GL screensavers that pull pictures from a direrctory
should be made to pull pictures from the same directory as the
new gnome-screensaver "Pictures folder" screensaver.

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