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Old 02-26-2002, 03:47 AM   #1
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Automatically run screensaver - auto locking screen?


Hi,

In windows i can schedule a screensaver to activate if the system has been idled for a set time. In linux how do i do that? And can i set a time limit, and when the system has been idled for that time limit, a locking program will lock up the screen so no body can open it excpet when i come back the the computer? It doesn't matter if the screensaver solution can also solve the locking issue.

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Old 02-26-2002, 05:46 AM   #2
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you're asking a fair few very basic questions, the answers to which you can easily find out yourself. i really don't want to sound rude and i'm very sorry if i appear so. i'd recommend buying a linux book to help you get a decent grip on the many little things the linux does. alternatively, there's a number of entire linux books on teh link in my sig. have a flick through the redhat unleashed on for a start.

either way, xscreensaver should load automatically as a "daemon" when you load xwindows, assuming you're using kde or gnome. if not, just add a line such as

xscreensaver &

to end start of your .xinitrc of .Xclients file. There's probably a way to do that with a gui config thing in kde or gnome, but i don't use them, so i couldn't say!
 
Old 02-26-2002, 07:11 AM   #3
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Can you or anyone explain more thoroughly? I'm new, i'm sorry. But how do u edit the fileS? Any easier way?

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Old 02-26-2002, 07:33 AM   #4
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well that's precisely WHY i said you shuold get a book...

just open a console and use an editor such as

gedit
kedit
pico
jove
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emacs

or a million others to edit the file i mentioned. try running the program directly first tho. just type "xscreensaver &" into a console prompt.
 
Old 02-27-2002, 12:57 AM   #5
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What do i edit? How to set time limit?

I wanna learn off the net, but couldn't find any info on this subject.
 
Old 02-27-2002, 02:28 AM   #6
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not to sound condencending, but...... *sigh*

emacs ~/.xscreensaver

edit the times you see in that file. will be in this format: hh:mm:ss.

emacs ~/.xinitrc

add "xscreensaver &" right before the line that initiates your WM. i'm running windowmaker, so my two lines look like this:

xscreensaver &
exec /usr/sbin/wmaker

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Old 02-27-2002, 03:13 AM   #7
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Thnx thnx

just one more question. What's the use of the ampersand (&) ?
I see them used in some commands but had no idea what they do.

thnx
 
Old 02-27-2002, 04:00 AM   #8
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& makes it run in the background so your terminal is not tied up with it and you can get a new prompt at the same terminal. If you have gnome all the options you are looking for are in the control center. xscreensaver manual at http://www.jwz.org/xscreensaver/man1.html
 
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