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Old 06-28-2004, 07:23 PM   #1
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Old time phosphor screensaver?

Forgive the possible trivial silliness of this question.. but this little annoyance has been driving me nuts! I've been taking a Linux course that's involved using Both redhat 7.3 and 9.1. In 7.3 the Phosphor screensaver uses a file of often humorous quotes from famous people throughout history as well as alot Linux developers. (It's *Not* the Fortunes text file, it's much better!) in 9.1 you just get a boring readout of the kernel status by default. In 7.3 I can't seem to find a way to look at the settings for the screensaver even when logged in as root, so I have no way to tell what file it's looking for or where to find it. I'd love to get a hold of it so I can use it elsewhere, does anyone know what this file is., what it;s called, and where I could get it? Thanks!
Old 06-29-2004, 01:40 AM   #2
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You should be able to look at the settings by invoking:
then browsing to Phosphor.

You should also be able to inspect the arguments phosphor is running with by doing a "ps -ef|grep phosphor" when the screensaver is running (log in from another machine).

Look at the man page for phosphor for invocation details.
Old 06-29-2004, 01:55 AM   #3
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I took a closer look at the phosphor screen saver, and realized my earlier advice was not particularly useful. I ran the phosphor screen saver, and did not see an argument being given for the source of the silliness that was being displayed.

Looking at the web page for xscreensaver, it appeared that the default source for the silliness was fortune. When I grepped for the quotes I saw displayed in /usr/share/games/fortuens, I found them to be contained in the data files for fortune.
Old 08-04-2004, 06:16 PM   #4
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Just recently I wanted to know how to change the read-out in the Phosphor screensaver as well. I found out how to do it and I posted a page with seven easy steps to follow. The page is located here: phosphor screensaver changes
I hope it helps.


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