[blfs-dev] xscreensaver shutdown behavior

Armin K. krejzi at email.com
Wed Jun 4 09:57:04 PDT 2014

On 06/04/2014 06:12 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Armin K. wrote:
>> On 06/04/2014 08:01 AM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>> I usually start Xorg from the command line and log out to the command
>>> line when done.  One thing I've noticed is a nasty message from
>>> xscreensaver about how we've installed it incorrectly or that we are
>>> running as root (suid) when we shouldn't be.
>>> I've traced that down to a function that tries to restart xscreensaver
>>> when it gets a SIGHUP signal.  It is getting this either from the window
>>> manager (in my case xfce) or the kernel.  But of course the restart
>>> fails because Xorg has shut down the display.
>>> I have fixed this in my build script with the following:
>>> sed -i -e '/restart_process/i\    exit(0);' \
>>>        -e '/restart_process/,+1d'           \
>>>           driver/windows.c
>>> I don't think this is suitable for the book, but am putting it out here
>>> so that searches may find it.
>>> The sed is actually interesting as it inserts a line and then deletes a
>>> range (two lines) at the same point.  It requires gnu sed as it uses an
>>> extension the to the posix standard.
>> How do you start xscreensaver? I don't remember seeing such message
>> here. I had "xscreensaver -no-splash" in my startup file and it worked
>> just fine. Did you try changing xscreensaver binary permissions to 755
>> instead of 4755?
> I don't explicitly start it.  xfce does it for me.
> Yes, I changed the permissions to 0755 and that changed the message, but
> I still got it.
> As I said above, I only get the message when xfce shuts down and sends a
> SIGHUP signal to xscreensaver.  If there was a way to send a SIGTERM
> instead, the problem probably would not exist.
> My .xinitrc file contains only:
> ck-launch-session dbus-launch --exit-with-session xfce4-session
>   -- Bruce

Just make xfce4-session start "xscreensaver -nosplash" through Settings
-> Session and Startup (I think). That'd be the official way. It always
worked fine for me.

Note: My last name is not Krejzi.

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