Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 191641
Applications cannot block screensaver
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:06 EDT
Description of problem:
Applications like "mplayer" or "brightside" cannot block or activate the
screensaver. The reason is that those software expects an "xscreensaver" task
and/or the "xscreensaver-command" tool, which is not provided by
"gnome-screensaver". Probably there is more software (games, TV applications,
video players) having the same issues.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use mplayer to play a movie (using -stop-xscreensaver option)
2. Watch the movie for several minutes
Other Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install brightside (Fedora Extras)
2. Configure it to activate or disable the screensaver by moving the mouse into
a display corner
mplayer: screenblanker is activated while watching the movie
brightside: unable to blank the screen or disable the screen blanker
mplayer: -stop-xscreensaver option actually disables the screen saver while the
movie is played back.
brightside: moving the mouse into a screen corner performs the appropriate action.
I know that this is not really a gnome-screensaver issue. Anyhow there is a lot
of software expecting xscreensaver to be running, so there should be some kind
of downward compatibility.
We no longer support Fedora Core 5 and I am currently trying to get my open bug
count down to a more manageable state. I'm going to close this bug as WONTFIX.
If this issue is still a concern for you, would you mind trying to reproduce on
a supported version of Fedora and reopening?
(this is a mass message)