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Fw: [Lxde-list] update-notifier causes xscreensaver / gnome-screensaver snafu


Hi Dan,

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Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2011 11:10:41 +0100
From: Dan Muresan <danmbox@xxxxxxxxx>
To: lxde-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [Lxde-list] update-notifier causes xscreensaver / gnome-screensaver snafu

I've just discovered (after many painful hours of digging) that
update-notifier somehow causes dbus to run gnome-screensaver, which of
course competes with xscreensaver. I have no idea *how*
update-notifier does it, but removing update-notifier.desktop from
/etc/xdg/autostart solves the problem.

Now, I prefer not to make system-wide changes. Is there a way
(freedesktop, lxde, openbox or otherwise) to override autostart
entries, or dbus session services, or to ban gnome-screensaver (short
of apt-get remove)?

This brings a larger question -- can we rely on gnome-screensaver
never being started in a modern Linux distro? This is starting to look
like a losing battle. I prefer x* to gnome-* any day, given the
less-than-professional practices that surface so often in the Gnome
team, but I was *very* tempted to replace xscreensaver with
gnome-screensaver in /etc/xdg/lxsession/autostart.

I am on Ubuntu Lucid (0.5.0-3ubuntu2, update-notifier  0.99.3), so
maybe this is all outdated. Even so I would like to file a bug in
launchpad, since this is an LTS release. Note that on Ubuntu,
non-admin users don't see the problem since for them update-notifier
doesn't start.

As this is Lubuntu related I have forwarded it to the Lubuntu list <lubuntu-desktop@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Please file a bug on Launchpad, as 10.04 is an LTS version and has another couple of years life left.

Steve Cook (Yorvyk)


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