Xscreensave takes minutes to do anything

Chris Green cl at isbd.net
Tue Dec 20 20:21:27 CET 2011

On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 06:13:32PM +0100, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> Am Dienstag, den 20.12.2011, 16:27 +0000 schrieb Chris Green:
> > On my newly installed xubuntu 11.10 the screensaver application in the
> > Settings Manager takes a ridiculously long time to do anything.
> > 
> > I thought at first it wasn't working at all because nothing happened
> > when I clicked on the icon.  However it eventually popped up, then any
> > mouse click within the screensaver application took ten or twenty
> > seconds to be acted on.
> > 
> > I just tried it again and it seems OK, so I don't know what was going on
> > before.  Could this possibly be connected with another symptom I've
> > seen, incredibly slow system shutdown/restart?
> Are you sure that localhost and you hostname resolve properly? You might
> be affected by https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=706563 that
> was fixed in xfce4-session 4.8.2.
Hmmm, it *might* be connected.  I have just 'clean installed' this
xubuntu 11.10 system and initially I had problems with both apache2 and
leafnode complaining that they couldn't get an FQDN for the system. 
There is a separate server which provides local DNS (using dnsmasq) and
I found I had to *remove* the entry for the system from
/etc/hosts leaving just:-   localhost

    # The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
    ::1     ip6-localhost ip6-loopback
    fe00::0 ip6-localnet
    ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
    ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
    ff02::2 ip6-allrouters

Both apache2 and leafnode are now happy and 'hostname -f' returns the
correct FQDN for the system so, if xfce *is* unhappy, then I think it
has a problem!

The screensaver settings app seems fine now so I think I'll put it down
to gremlins and forget about it for the moment.

Chris Green

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