xflock4 screensaver support

Kevin Fenzi kevin at scrye.com
Sun Mar 8 21:20:15 UTC 2015

On Sun, 8 Mar 2015 13:15:15 +0100
Martin Sourada <martin.sourada at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I believe many people may call this nitpicking, but it has been a
> long-standing issue that xfce isn't able to work with any other
> screensaver than the most simple ones or xscreensaver without changing
> xflock4 shell script. I don't mind that xscreensaver is simple and
> ugly -- it's just an ui for locking the screen for me, but it has
> severe usability problems. I noticed two:
>   * I cannot tell which keyboard layout I'm using. Is it US, is it CZ?
>     Is it qwerty, qwertz, dvorak, whatever?
>   * I cannot switch users that way (imagine a second person coming to
>     a locked computer).
> I solved these issues easily by switching to mate-screensaver, but as
> it's not officially supported by xflock4, I have to edit the script
> every time I update xfce4-session package which is suboptimal,
> especially given, the patch is fairly simple.
> Can we consider adding support for all fedora/epel included
> screensavers into xflock4 with such simple patch, until xflock4 is
> rewritten upstream?
> Reference bugs:
> https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10217
> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1166227

I have been trying to wait for upstream to pick some route forward here
before we commit to having to carry a patch for a long time. ;( 

All the patches I have seen have been broken for various cases... 

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