[PATCH] Extend xflock4 with custom screensaver application support

Andrew Sichevoi ml4k at thekondor.net
Thu Jun 7 05:36:14 CEST 2012

Hello there!

     Currently the entry point for locking the screen for ``xfce4-session''
and ``xfce4-power-manager'' is ``xflock4'' script which is shipped with
``xfce4-session'' package.
     The script checks the list of "known" screensavers and when the first
available is found it will be launched.
     By default its knowledge is limited by the following
applications: xscreensaver, gnome-screensaver, xlock, slock. No other are
     So the only way to add support of user-preferred screensaver is to
hack ``xflock4'' contents which could be overwritten during the next update.

     Please consider the following patch to be reviewed/added.

     The patch allows to specify a custom screensaver application in XfConf
registry by the following path: xfce4-session/screenlock/command
     Please find the patch below and on Pastebin: http://pastebin.ca/2158914


=== xflock4-add-custom-screensaver-support.patch ===

diff --git scripts/xflock4 scripts/xflock4
index ec4d05d..f9846ce 100644
--- scripts/xflock4
+++ scripts/xflock4
@@ -24,6 +24,12 @@
 export PATH

+# Lock by user specified screen lock application
+lock_cmd=$(xfconf-query -c xfce4-session -p /screenlock/command
+if [ $? -a ! -z $lock_cmd ]; then
+    $lock_cmd >/dev/null 2>&1 && exit
 # Lock by xscreensaver or gnome-screensaver, if a respective daemon is
 for lock_cmd in \
     "xscreensaver-command -lock" \

=== xflock4-add-custom-screensaver-support.patch ===

With Best Regards,
With best regards,
                      Andrew Sichevoi
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