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Old 12-04-2008, 03:41 PM   #1
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xscreensaver lock window theme

I'm trying to change the look of the xscreensaver lock screen.
This page has a patch and instructions: LINK

I downloaded the patch but I couldn't figure out how to apply it.
The page says to run this command:
 $ cd xscreensaver-4.XY
 $ patch -p1 < /path/to/xss-lock-theme-1.0.patch
I don't have that directory but tried in /etc/xscreensaver.
When I run the patch it asks what file to patch and I don't know.

The site has instructions for Gentoo but I am running Fedora. I don't know alot about Gentoo but these instructions seem a little foreign to me:
How to create a local copy of the xscreensaver ebuild with the patch; 

  $ mkdir /usr/local/portage

Add PORTDIR_OVERLAY="/usr/local/portage/" to the /etc/make.conf file.

  $ $EDITOR /etc/make.conf
  $ mkdir /usr/local/portage/x11-misc
  $ cp -r /usr/portage/x11-misc/xscreensaver /usr/local/portage/x11-misc
  $ cd /usr/local/portage/x11-misc/xscreensaver
  $ cp /path/to/xss-lock-theme-1.0.patch files/

Add epatch ${FILESDIR}/xss-lock-theme-1.0.patch to the xscreensaver-4.XY.ebuild file in the src_unpack function after the cd ${S} line.

  $ $EDITOR xscreensaver-4.XY.ebuild
  $ ebuild xscreensaver-4.XY.ebuild digest
  $ emerge =xscreensaver-XY 

The local ebuild will take precedence over the original ebuild.
Maybe I am totally out to lunch here? Has anyone changed the theme on xscreensaver lock screen before?
Old 12-07-2008, 06:45 PM   #2
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Well, you'll need the SOURCE for xscreensaver, which you won't
be able to find under /etc in any sane build of Linux I know.

Quoting the site you posted a link to:
(Note that themes are not run time changeable - only one can be included at any time.)

Which distro are you using?

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I know this thread is a few years old but I'm having the same problem. anyone know how to apply this patch in ubuntu? I'd really like to use these themes.
Old 12-21-2011, 05:01 PM   #4
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To those who want to get this to work, please note the message on that page:

Important: Not compatible with XScreenSaver 5.00 and newer and I am no longer using XScreenSaver so unlikely to be fixed. Sorry.

Unless someone comes up with a new patch, this solution is not going to be possible for anyone.


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