[CentOS] Gnome Screensaver - not functioning as advertised

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Wed Oct 31 08:40:41 UTC 2012

On 31.10.2012 07:23, Rob Kampen wrote:
> Hi List,
> Currently running a couple of CentOS 6.3 workstations / laptops with
> gnome as the default window manager.
> Since the original 6.1 install the behaviour of the screensaver has 
> changed.
> I use the cosmos theme and have this activate after five minutes of 
> idle.
> Initially, when the five minutes were up, the screen would start to
> dim and if one moved the mouse or hit a key on the keyboard it would
> drop out of screensave and return to full bright screen.
> With one of the updates since then, the behaviour has changed - now
> once the 5 minutes are up - one has to wait until the gradual dimming
> of the screen is complete (a couple of seconds) and only then move 
> the
> mouse or hit a key to show the password dialog - enter password and
> then get a working screen - all quite time consuming.
> So I thought, remove the "Lock screen when screensaver is active" - I
> have unchecked this option, logged in and out, and it just ignores it
> and insists on a password - always.
> I guess there is some option buried deep within the gnome system
> panel that needs some attention - any ideas?
> My preference is to have it back to the original behaviour, once the
> screen begins to fade, a mouse movement or key click prevents the
> screensaver from gaining complete control and needing the password
> entry dialog etc. all my precious seconds being wasted - especially 
> as
> I have a 5 minute idle setting.
> Suggestions welcome
> Rob

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