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Old 10-27-2006, 02:02 PM   #1
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fedora 5 screensaver help!


How do i add new screensaver which i downloaded to my desktop?
 
Old 10-27-2006, 06:39 PM   #2
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How do i add new screensaver which i downloaded to my desktop?
Where did you download it from ?

What kind of file is it ?

Which desktop environment are you using?
 
Old 10-27-2006, 10:41 PM   #3
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i downloaded it from www.linuxwallpapers.org . Althought they say Linux do not have " .exe " files but what i saw It really is " matrixscreensaver.exe " . It was a matrix screensaver,now that's weird....

I'm using GNOME.
 
Old 10-28-2006, 06:25 AM   #4
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i downloaded it from www.linuxwallpapers.org . Althought they say Linux do not have " .exe " files but what i saw It really is " matrixscreensaver.exe " . It was a matrix screensaver,now that's weird....

I'm using GNOME.
Not sure where it would go under gnome (being a KDE user), but if the file is a whatever.tar.gz (or .bz/.bz2) then it needs "unpacking" first. In which case, there should be a readme.txt file in there.

Hum? that link to the linuxwallpapers only seems to be just that, for wall papers so is http://www.linuxwallpapers.org/linux...wallpaper.html the one you meant or is is defintely a screensaver ??? (sorry I didn't get any further looking for screensavers, and just found that as I was getting bored looking at wallpapers ).

I was trying to see if I could find out what kind of file you were on about - and hence what you might need to do with it.

In any event, you'll have to do some digging to see where your distro keeps either it's wall papers or it's screensavers - you possibly just have to move the file there.

regards

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Old 10-30-2006, 08:09 AM   #5
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ops, This is the site http://www.linuxhotbox.com/fun/Linux-screensavers-1.htm
i downloaded MatrixScreensaver.please help me. Thanks
 
Old 10-30-2006, 08:42 AM   #6
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Why i cannot find my distro?? I try to move the screensaver to GNOME-screensaver folder but it say " permissions not allow" . why is this happening? I'm the localhost. I cann't even chmod my directory.... What went wrong? Do i need to login as ? #$%^ ? to do the following steps ?
 
Old 10-30-2006, 03:09 PM   #7
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Why i cannot find my distro?? I try to move the screensaver to GNOME-screensaver folder but it say " permissions not allow" . why is this happening? I'm the localhost. I cann't even chmod my directory.... What went wrong? Do i need to login as ? #$%^ ? to do the following steps ?
Well I looked at the link you posted. Weird really, if I hover my cursor over some of the others, they're in tar.gz format - yet the matrix one is in .exe format i.e windows executable format.

As far as moving it is concerned, you probably need to right click the gnome-screensavers directory and check the properties - I'm guessing but it sounds like it's probably in the system section of the file system, and therefore, usually would be "owned" by root, so if thats correct, you'd either have to open a file manager as root (if you have that option) or log in as root graphically - lots of distros don't allow that by default - it's too easy to damage the file system (actually the current incarnations of KDE i.e the environment that I use and prefer - don't either. I have to find the kde config file and edit it to allow graphical root login).

the other option is command line - scarey if you're not used to it, but it's very straight forward really.

An example:

You downloaded the screensaver to your home directory, so it's sitting in /home/LinuxNewbie999. Fine.

You want it to go to e.g. /usr/share/gnome-screensavers

You've checked and know that /usr/share/gnome-screensavers is "owned" by root (it's under the permissions bit). So the command sequence would be (after opening a terminal window that is)
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su
hit enter and it will then ask you for the root password. You know if it's right, cos the prompt changes from a $ sign to # (normally unless you already worked out how to change it too something custom.
Then it's
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cd /home/LinuxNewbie999
which changes root to your user /home, the bit before the # probably changes

Then it's just a case of moving it (or copying it) to the place you want it too go, which is
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mv /home/LinuxNewbie999/thenameofthescreensaver /usr/share/gnome-screensavers
you hit enter and it should just return you to a # prompt. If you wanted to copy it over rather than move it, change the mv bit to cp

If you then want to check that it's there i.e. where you want it to be, you can then just do
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ls -l /usr/share/gnome-screensavers
and it should be listed in the output of that command.

The only real question is, whether a windows .exe file is gonna work or whether you have to find out how to mod your system so it does. thats something I can't help with as I've not had to do (or try) that.

Hopefully thats helpful and not patronising (or insulting your intelligence)

regards

John
 
Old 10-30-2006, 09:38 PM   #8
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Ok. I will try now. Hope it works~
 
  


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