Re: gnome-xscreensaver (and some fast user switching)

The first problem is easy -- let the screensaver handle reauthentication
of already-logged in users.

Another major requirement for the screensaver might be handling of
assistive technologies, notably gok.  This one is really hard though,
since screensaver password dialogs are override redirect with server

On Mon, 2003-12-01 at 19:30, Shahms E. King wrote:
> On Mon, 2003-12-01 at 18:56, Sven Herzberg wrote:
> > Hi there,
> > 
> >   I'd like to start working on a gnome xscreensaver replacement. I
> > currently took a look into kscreensaver and xscreensaver for now, but as
> > things like fast user switching come up now, we should try to get some
> > neccessary features now that I didn't start creating a gnomeish version.
> > 
> > Things I'd like to see:
> > 
> >   * ability to use xscreensaver hacks
> >   * utilisation of D-BUS as we might get a good idle-time codebase
> >     for a d-bus version of dr. wright that uses the same way to
> >     get idle-information as xscreensaver does.
> >   * a small library (like libkscreensaver) that makes the creation
> >     of new gnome-screensavers quite easy.
> > 
> > What stuff is neccessary to solve the xscreensaver discussion regarding
> > fast user switching?
> > 
> > Regards,
> >   Sven
> The biggest problem is that currently, users will have to "login" twice
> to get at an existing session.  If they "switch user" to a user who is
> already logged in, they have to enter their passwords in both gdm and
> the xscreensaver password dialogs.  Also, you cannot switch users from a
> terminal with a screensaver running. There are any number of solutions
> to the second problem (add a "Log In As A Different User" button or some
> such to the password dialog), but none immediately jump to mind for the
> first problem.  I suppose gdm could run 'xscreensaver -unlock' after
> changing vt's just as it currently runs 'xscreensaver -lock' before
> showing the log in screen.

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