CDE, xscreensaver and the little front panel lock.

Steyla

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For some permission reason, which I have not figured out yet, I can not start the CDE screen saver.
After some time hunting this 'bug' I said to myself, why not install xscreensaver. I always like that program.

So, in the following I explain how you can get it up and running in CDE. Especially when you click the little lock button on the Front Panel.

First install xscreensaver, if you don't have it already on your system.

$ pkg install xscreensaver

How xscreensaver is configured you can find out with

$ man xscreensaver

Make certain that the xscreensaver works before you do the next steps.

1. Create an action with Create Action in Applications. Applications -> Desktop Apps -> Create Action

In Create Action enter the following

Action Name: Xscreensaver
Command: /usr/local/bin/xscreensaver-command -activate
Window Type: No Ouput


Next save the action, which should be located in your $HOME dir, and test it by double clicking it.

2. Substitute the LockScreen action for your xscreensaver action. For that copy dtwm.fp to your $HOME dt.

$ cp /usr/local/dt/appconfig/types/C/dtwm.fp $HOME/.dt/types/

Note: You should not edit anything in /usr/local/dt/. The reason for that is, that it could be deleted in the next update/upgrade. Use $HOME/.dt or /usr/local/etc/dt instead.

Edit $HOME/.dt/types/dtwm.fp and search for LockDisplay.

The block should look like this:

CONTROL Lock
{
TYPE icon
CONTAINER_NAME Switch
CONTAINER_TYPE SWITCH
POSITION_HINTS 1
ICON Fplock
LABEL Lock
PUSH_ACTION LockDisplay
HELP_TOPIC FPOnItemLock
HELP_VOLUME FPanel
}

Comment out LockDisplay and put your action, which you have created above, instead.

#PUSH_ACTION LockDisplay
PUSH_ACTION Xscreensaver


3. Start the xscreensaver daemon at log in.
Create or edit the file sessionetc in $HOME/.dt/sessions and add the following line

/usr/local/bin/xscreensaver -nosplash &


Log out and in, and try it.
 
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