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Gnome screensaver question

Postby LeonardRenner » 2020-06-11 07:23

I go to 'All Settings' and then search for screensaver. There are no results. That has to be a bug, right? I mean, it's not strictly a bug, because it's even more buggy (as in illogical and annoying) than many actual bugs.

Please - I am effectively stil a newb, even though on and off I have been using Debian for over a decade. In this sphere I am definitely a newb, because it actually used to be much easier to find the screensaver.

It's free. I get that and mostly it's terrific.

Thanks for any pointers.
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Re: Gnome screensaver question

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-06-11 09:44

I'm not in GNOME atm but I think you can change the screensaver settings by clicking on the battery icon in the drop-down menu on the right hand side of the top bar.
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Re: Gnome screensaver question

Postby cuckooflew » 2020-06-12 02:01

I wonder if it would be simpler to just use xscreensaver , that's what I use,...to turn it on simply type 'xscreensaver', no mysterious hieroglyphs, or secret hidden menu's. ' xscreensaver-demo' will give you a dialog for settings, demo's , etc. And no need for Gnome.
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Re: Gnome screensaver question

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-06-12 08:33

cuckooflew wrote:I wonder if it would be simpler to just use xscreensaver

Not sure if that would work under Wayland and anyway jwz doesn't want us to use it in Debian: https://www.jwz.org/blog/2016/04/i-woul ... reensaver/

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There's no need for chocolate either but some people like it :mrgreen:
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Re: Gnome screensaver question

Postby cuckooflew » 2020-06-12 16:31

Hmm,Interesting, well so much for that idea, I do like chocolate, but coffee is better, in any event I understand what you mean, apology , I did not know that about using it on Debian, seems like they would say something in the package info, or simply respect the author's wishes.
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Re: Gnome screensaver question

Postby Head_on_a_Stick » 2020-06-12 21:02

cuckooflew wrote:apology

Don't be silly, no need to apologise. Your efforts are certainly appreciated by me :-)

cuckooflew wrote:I did not know that about using it on Debian, seems like they would say something in the package info, or simply respect the author's wishes.

Ha, no, they just ignored jwz's whining and prioritised their users instead :mrgreen:

Highly amusing bug report here: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo ... bug=819703
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