Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 143445
xscreensaver-4.10-prune-hack-list.patch is bogus
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:07:05 EST
This patch (included with xscreensaver-4.10-8.src.rpm from
updates/enterprise/3desktop/) causes the "webcollage" and
"webcollage-helper" programs to not be compiled or installed.
This patch is wrong for two reasons:
1: when there is a program that you don't want people to be
shown by default for some reason, you should just disable
it in XScreenSaver.ad.in (you already do this for "bsod",
2: webcollage is *already* disabled by default, in both the
upstream xscreensaver and in your copy of 4.10.
All this patch does is make it impossible for people to run
webcollage even if they know that they want to.
I gather this is related to bug 130253, but I do not have permission
to view that bug (why's that?)
I think the problem is that users are re-enabling it, not realizing
that it could potentially render offensive/inappropriate content on
their screens. As I understand it, this has caused more than a few
people embarrassment in the workplace.
The easiest solution to this problem was to remove the screensaver.
That seemed like the best solution for RHEL3 and RHEL4 given time
constraints. It doesn't seem like an unreasonable solution for Fedora
How about if I changed the description in webcollage.xml to say
"DANGER, THE INTERNET SOMETIMES CONTAINS PR0N" or something?
Right now your patch both removes it entirely from the .ad file, and
also doesn't install it. I think that there's no reason to do the
latter (if it's not in the .ad file, it won't be in the list unless
someone adds it to their ~/.xscreensaver file by hand.)
--- config/webcollage.xml 26 Apr 2004 06:46:41 -0000 1.4
+++ config/webcollage.xml 4 Jan 2005 00:43:47 -0000
@@ -26,8 +26,12 @@
up to filter the images through the `VidWhacker' program, above, which
looks really great.
-(Note that most of the images it finds are text, and not pictures.
-This is because most of the web is pictures of text. Which is pretty
-sad.) Written by Jamie Zawinski.
+WARNING: THE INTERNET SOMETIMES CONTAINS PORNOGRAPHY.
+The Internet being what it is, absolutely anything might show up in the
+collage including -- quite possibly -- pornography, or even nudity.
+Please act accordingly.
+Written by Jamie Zawinski.
Created attachment 109326 [details]
This patch adds a "-disable" option to the webcollage executable, and a
corresponding checkbox at the configuration editor.
xscreensaver-4.10-prune-hack-list.patch obsolete and should solve the
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