[xubuntu-users] weird xscreensaver-command doings

JMZ florentior at gmail.com
Thu Jun 29 11:21:50 UTC 2017

Hi Istimsak,

In short, PAM is the module which controls passwords and timeouts.  If I 
bring up the lock dialog box by hitting spacebar, and don't enter 
anything in the boxes or enter wrong values, then PAM concludes that the 
login session has failed.  The website I give below probably answers my 
question, but it's a bit complex. [1]

My problem is, if the dialog box keeps appearing and timing out, then 
PAM will prompt more boxes.  Normally, PAM will close a box if nothing 
is entered or wrong values are entered, but do this only once.




On 06/29/2017 12:22 AM, Istimsak Abdulbasir wrote:
> On Jun 25, 2017 8:38 PM, "JMZ" <florentior at gmail.com 
> <mailto:florentior at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hi,
>     Usually my favorite screen-blanking routine is this: cancel out
>     all screensavers in xscreensaver-demo, and then issue
>     xscreensaver-command -lock every time I want a locked screen (have
>     Super+L as the hotkey for this).
>     In the past screensaver-command -lock would create a blank screen
>     that would remain blank until spacebar etc. is struck and the lock
>     dialog box appears. 
>     Now, the lock dialog box is stuck in a viscous circle with PAM. 
>     The lock dialog box always stays "awake" and on-screen until it
>     times out.  Then PAM takes over, box appears, ad infinitum.  The
>     screen never returns to a state when the screen remains black
>     until a key is struck.  Having the lock dialog box and PAM chase
>     each other is distracting.
> If I understand this correctly, when you attempted to "lock" the 
> screen, the lock dialog box appears, stays on the screen until it 
> times out, then PAM appears or something related to this I suppose, it 
> times out and then the lock dialog box appears again with a repeated 
> result?
> What is PAM?
>     How do I get back to a previous stage where the lock dialog box
>     only appears when a key is struck?  Am I going the wrong way with
>     my use of xscreensaver-command?
>     I'm running Aardvark pre-alpha.  If this is an early bug, I
>     deserve running an ultra-unstable version of ubuntu.
>     Thanks,
>     Jordan
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