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Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn't my screensaver activate automatically?

Possibility A

The screensaver daemon is not currently running. You can check this by looking at the running processes, or just run xfce4-screensaver to start it up.

Possibility B

Another application has disabled the X11 screensaver. This can be determined by running xdg-screensaver status. If this command outputs “disabled”, try running the following commands to enable the screensaver.

xset s blank # Sets the X11 screensaver mode to "blank"
xset s 300   # Sets the X11 screensaver timeout to 5 minutes