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Old 02-27-2003, 01:18 AM   #1
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xscreensaver resources error


A lot of people have had problems getting xscreensaver to work. I had it working when RH8 was first installed but now I get an error that I've never seen discussed here. Here's how I can generate it:

1. Log into to regular (non-root) account and startx.

2. From a Terminal window: xscreensaver-demo

A box opens up titled ``demo_dialog'' which is a very bare bones grey color (certainly doesn't look like anything that Bluecurve would ever produce; more like twm but it does have the crux title bar) and has a box with an error message in it that reads: ``ERROR: RESOURCES ARE NOT INSTALLED CORRECTLY''. Below that is another box that contains ``label2''. Then there's the list of the various screensavers in a scrollable box. Finally, there are four buttons labeled: next, prev, edit, and done.

What resources are not installed correclty? I thought that perhaps the resource file in /usr/lib/X11/app-defaults was missing but, no, it's there. Freshening the xscreensaver package with rpm didn't help.

Screensavers still work (for the most part) but I can no longer make changes to the screensaver like altering the cycle time, etc.

This problem's a really weird one. Has anyone else seen this and what'll correct it?

TIA

Rick
 
Old 02-27-2003, 10:47 AM   #2
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Just out of curiousity how did you "freshen" the xscreensaver package. Drastic times call for drastics measures. I would try:

rpm --force -ivh xscreensaverpackage*

Maybe freshening the package didn't change some of the bad resources(whatever that means).
 
Old 02-27-2003, 07:26 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Crashed_Again
Just out of curiousity how did you "freshen" the xscreensaver package.
rpm -F xscreensaver-blah-blah-blah
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Drastic times call for drastics measures. I would try:

rpm --force -ivh xscreensaverpackage*
You know, I never thought to consider the nuclear option. Have to give it a try.
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Maybe freshening the package didn't change some of the bad resources(whatever that means).
Well, that sort of what I find confusing. The window looks like something that's had its X resources totally munged. But then there's all those little XML files that you find hiding under the Gnome subdirectories in $HOME. Dunno if any of those got scribbled on somehow. Haven't had any crashes in recent (heck, even distant) memory.

Thanks again for the suggestion,

Rick
 
Old 02-27-2003, 10:33 PM   #4
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Argh! Forcing a reinstallation of xscreensaver did not do the trick.

I've even created a new home directory and the problem remains. (It's apparently something not related to my non-root account.) Oh, and attempts to run xscreensaver-demo from the menus does nothing. But on the console where I ran startx, there's a cute usage error message displayed so it looks like the menu properties for running the program are wrong.

And I was in such a good mood... :-(


Am I looking at a total re-install of RH8? This is the sort of thing that I was happy to be avoiding by leaving Windows behind.
 
  


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