Status of xfce4-screensaver

Sean Davis sean at
Tue Jul 30 02:10:43 CEST 2019


Thanks for bringing this bug report to my attention. I've commented on the linked issue, but I believe this issue is resolved with the newly released xfce4-screensaver 0.1.7.
As for the standard operation, once it's installed it will start running at next startup. It runs in the background and is configured with the preferences dialog. The defaults should be sufficient for most users. If you'd like to add to the documentation, it can be found at
Finally, in regard to 4.14, the screensaver is an optional component and is not part of the Xfce 4.14 release.
Hope this helps!

On Jul 29 2019, at 4:48 pm, Jerry Bond <stormyjerry at> wrote:
> Hi Devs --
> We're following you closely, and will begin our last alpha testing as soon as pre3 is available.
> We would like to be able to include the screensaver when we go to beta, but have been unable to get it to function reliably on MX-19 alphas, which are based on Debian Buster, boot by default into sysV (though systemd is available) and use lightdm.
> --For instance, we have yet to figure out how to have the screensaver not lock the screen; the selections on the second tab appear to be ignored.
> We filed a bug report 10 days ago:
> And I posted on the Forum:, but I have the impression that no one really has a clue at this point.
> In addition, the Help file lacks even basic instructions for users.
> --Is it, for instance, necessary to log out/in or reboot before operation?
> --What is a normal config on the second tab; i.e., how does the average user negotiate all those options?
> I write a lot of help files, and would be glad to draft up a set if we can get the thing to run correctly.
> Bottom line: will this app be included in 4.14 or should we just move on? Thanks for any clarifications.
> Jerry
> Project Manager
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