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Screensaver issue

MR ZenWiz
I was running Xubuntu 18.04 until a little while ago (within the last
few weeks) when I upgraded to 20.04.  I was using xscreensaver and had
to uninstall it and reinstall it for it to work.  It seems that the
new version is part of the release but I had some issues with it.

The first issue was that the xfce4-screensaver kept coming back and
taking over.  I went to Session and Startup settings to take it out,
and it came back again uninvited.  I've taken the second one out and
now it seems to be more benevolent - it's not coming back again
anymore.

However, the new xscreensaver does something I haven't seen for a long
time.  When I unlock the screen, there are a series of messages in a
tiny font in the upper left side of the screen until the unlock
completes.  they look like this (transcribed from a photo, so I hope
this is correct):

xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font: *-*-dina-bold-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font: *-*-dina-bold-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font:
*-*-dina-medium-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*xscreensaver: unloadable,
unparsable font: *-*-dina-medium-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font: *-*-dina-bold-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font:
*-*-dina-medium-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font:
*-*-dina-medium-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

I looked this up in Google, but the answers are greek to me and I
don't see the connection to xscreensaver.  I did try xset fp rehash,
but that doesn't solve the issue.

Does anyone know?

Thanks.

Mark

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Re: Screensaver issue

Colin Law
On Sun, 18 Oct 2020 at 01:21, MR ZenWiz <[hidden email]> wrote:
> ...
> xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font: *-*-dina-bold-r-*-*-10-*-*-*-*-*-*-*
> ...
> I looked this up in Google, but the answers are greek to me and I
> don't see the connection to xscreensaver.  I did try xset fp rehash,
> but that doesn't solve the issue.

Does this help, see comment #3 in particular.
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xscreensaver/+bug/1733036
It was the first hit when I googled for
xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font

Colin

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Re: Screensaver issue

Liam Proven
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On Sun, 18 Oct 2020 at 02:21, MR ZenWiz <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> The first issue was that the xfce4-screensaver kept coming back and
> taking over.  I went to Session and Startup settings to take it out,
> and it came back again uninvited.  I've taken the second one out and
> now it seems to be more benevolent - it's not coming back again
> anymore

I've seen similar. Just uninstall it completely.

> I looked this up in Google, but the answers are greek to me and I
> don't see the connection to xscreensaver.  I did try xset fp rehash,
> but that doesn't solve the issue.

Tried installing the optional extras?

sudo apt install xubuntu-restricted-extras

sudo apt-install-xscreensaver*


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Re: Screensaver issue

MR ZenWiz
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On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 1:39 AM Colin Law <[hidden email]> wrote:
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>
> Does this help, see comment #3 in particular.
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/xscreensaver/+bug/1733036
> It was the first hit when I googled for
> xscreensaver: unloadable, unparsable font
>
Yes.  Having to reboot was annoying, but the problem is now gone.

Thanks.

Mark

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Re: Screensaver issue

MR ZenWiz
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On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 5:39 AM Liam Proven <[hidden email]> wrote:

>
> On Sun, 18 Oct 2020 at 02:21, MR ZenWiz <[hidden email]> wrote:
> >
> > The first issue was that the xfce4-screensaver kept coming back and
> > taking over.  I went to Session and Startup settings to take it out,
> > and it came back again uninvited.  I've taken the second one out and
> > now it seems to be more benevolent - it's not coming back again
> > anymore
>
> I've seen similar. Just uninstall it completely.
>
I did that after I rebooted using Colin's suggestion.  After the
reboot, xfce4-screensaver came back up, so I uninstalled it (purged
it).  Now it's gone, hopefully for good.

> > I looked this up in Google, but the answers are greek to me and I
> > don't see the connection to xscreensaver.  I did try xset fp rehash,
> > but that doesn't solve the issue.
>
> Tried installing the optional extras?
>
> sudo apt install xubuntu-restricted-extras
>
$ sudo apt install xubuntu-restricted-extras
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package xubuntu-restricted-extras

> sudo apt-install-xscreensaver*
>
[Replaced the dashes with spaces:]
$ sudo apt install xscreensaver*
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package xscreensaver*

Which is odd because I installed it with apt...

$ apt-cache pkgnames | $grep $COLOR xscreensaver 2> /dev/null
xscreensaver-gl
xscreensaver-data
xscreensaver-screensaver-bsod
xscreensaver-data-extra
xscreensaver-screensaver-dizzy
libopengl-xscreensaver-perl
xscreensaver
xscreensaver-screensaver-webcollage
xscreensaver-gl-extra

That said, it's up, no errors (I installed xfonts-75dpi and
xfonts-100dpi and renamed "dina" to "helvetica" in ~/.Xdefaults as per
Colin's reference, then rebooted).

At least it all works now.  Thanks again.

Mark

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Re: Screensaver issue

Liam Proven
On Sun, 18 Oct 2020 at 20:18, MR ZenWiz <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> >
> I did that after I rebooted using Colin's suggestion.  After the
> reboot, xfce4-screensaver came back up, so I uninstalled it (purged
> it).  Now it's gone, hopefully for good.

Oh, come on, man, you know better than that. *Never* ask until you've
turned it off and back on again! :-(

> E: Unable to locate package xubuntu-restricted-extras

> $ apt-cache pkgnames | $grep $COLOR xscreensaver 2> /dev/null
> xscreensaver-gl
> xscreensaver-data
> xscreensaver-screensaver-bsod
> xscreensaver-data-extra
> xscreensaver-screensaver-dizzy
> libopengl-xscreensaver-perl
> xscreensaver
> xscreensaver-screensaver-webcollage
> xscreensaver-gl-extra

OK, those are the extra packages I was referring to. I don't know why
the wildcard didn't get them. I would probably try with Synaptic IIWY.

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