[Pkg-xfce-devel] Bug#607786: Bug#607786: xfce4: screensaver not automatically started on logon/reboot and no way to make it so

Yves-Alexis Perez corsac at debian.org
Wed Mar 23 14:21:48 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2010-12-22 at 02:57 -0500, Daniel Dickinson wrote:
> With a fresh install of XFCE via via the testing Debian installer
> (i.e. Squeeze install, desktop=xfce, 2010-12-21), the screensaver is
> not started automatically on login, nor on reboot.  It does start
> after you have used Settings|Screensaver IFF you say restart daemon at
> the prompt, but on reboot it fails to restart when you login.  This is
> because there is no autostart .desktop anywhere for xscreensaver.

I think this might be because you're starting Xfce with “Default
Xsession” (which might be the default in gdm) instead of “Xfce Session”.
In the former case, it runs the default session manager, which is
xfce4-session directly. In the latter case it runs startxfce4 which will
prepare the environment and, for example, start xscreensaver if

I'm not sure if there's a way for us to specify we want to change the
default gdm session but in any case we need a solution for this at least
for the default setup since a lot of people have related problems.


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