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Old 01-06-2009, 04:12 PM   #1
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Talking Xscreensaver hacks (looking for old hacks)

Hello all.
I am looking for a number of hacks (screen savers) for xscreensaver that I don't currently have.

For example I would love abstractile, and I think Loop is pretty cool too.

But what I'm really looking for is 'Ant'

There problem is I have no idea where to grab these hacks! I was hoping someone here might know. Also If anybody has an idea how to install these hacks that would be amazing. If not, thats ok, I'll prolly find it deeply immersed somewhere in the manual
Old 01-06-2009, 04:58 PM   #2
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You can try to download an old version of xscreensaver and recompile the ant source code. Then you have to copy the ant.xml configuration file and the ant executable in the proper locations. For example on my system (opensuse 11.1) they would be in /etc/xscreensaver and /usr/lib/xscreensaver respectively. Maybe you have to slightly change the ant.xml file to match the current specifications.

Regarding the ant screensaver, here is what Jamie Zawinski reported in the change log:
4.23 21-Oct-2005
Don't install ant by default, since there is some Java tool of that name, which was causing confusion. And also it's boring.
So, if you really want the ant screen, you have to download the source code prior to version 4.23. If running on a RPM-based system, you can look for the source RPM of a discontinued release of your OS (if available somewhere) and try to rebuild it. Then, just extract the ant and ant.xml files and proceed as mentioned above.
Old 01-07-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
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Thanks a lot colucix! I actually found out I do have ant (after installing a few more packages), but this is definitely a good reference for installing other hacks in the future. Much appreciated


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