Locking the Desktop

Peter Garrett peter.garrett at optusnet.com.au
Tue Jan 10 13:10:17 UTC 2006

On Tue, 10 Jan 2006 06:37:20 -0500
"David A. Cobb" <superbiskit at cox.net> wrote:

> More than one screen-locking program, and more than one screen-saver, 
> exist.  I suspect I'm running the wrong one, but I'm not sure which is 
> right.  I'm only certain that formerly I had this capability.

On breezy at least, the screenlock uses xscreensaver

xscreensaver-command -lock

(or of course you can use the GUI equivalent in GNOME)

this locks the screen, and on trying to resume you have the option to start
a new session with another user or whatever  ( "Switch User" button on the

If you log out of the second session, it returns you to the password

If that isn't working perhaps it's an xscreensaver configuration issue?
Perhaps try exploring the screensaver options with



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