Jun 19

Centos 6: Replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver

Centos 6 comes with gnome-screensaver by default. Also, VLC media player that you can find on rpmforge repo is 1.1.13. VLC has an option “Disable screensaver”. If you check that option VLC will try to disable screensaver while movie is played. But, unfortunately, that option is not working if you are using gnome-screensaver. So, I decided to give xscreensaver a go. You can find a lot of articles on the internet where authors are explaining how to do that. But, i couldn’t find any how to that explains how to make global changes to system making me able to make a switch transparently, without users even noticing a change.

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