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Old 01-28-2005, 06:44 AM   #1
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problem with xscreensaver in debian


1. When I enter the command xscreensaver-demo, I receive a warning message saying that "The XScreenSaver daemon doesn't seem to be running on display ":0.0". Launch it now?" I would like to understand what's gone wrong. Can anybody help, please?

2. I've put "xscreensaver &" into my ~/.xsession file. Now it looks like this:

#! /bin/sh
xscreensaver &
exec emacs &
exec /usr/bin/X11/icewm

I'm using xdm to log in, but after the timeout period nothing happens - the screensavers don't get activated. Might this be related to question 1? The .xsession-errors file reports no errors.

Thanks for reading, umk
Old 01-28-2005, 07:01 AM   #2
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try running xscreensaver in a term window and see if you get an error. if you do it will be something like "command does not exist" or something to that fact. if so then you will either need to create a link to the xscreensaver-demo in your /usr/bin (or another folder in your $PATH) or the easy thing to do is change your .xsession to execute xscreesaver-demo.
Old 01-28-2005, 08:12 AM   #3
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I've changed the .xsession file to execute xscreensaver-demo, but again,
the chosen screensavers don't get activated.
Old 01-28-2005, 09:13 AM   #4
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For the record - problem is sorted...

The problem was that the ~/.xsession file was not "read" at all, because of a mistake I made when
fiddling the /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession file. Now that the .xsession file can be read properly, the
xscreensaver launches, and the screensavers get activated.


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