mate-screensaver won't start when using Marco + Compton

Bug #1599331 reported by nyarla33 on 2016-07-06
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu MATE
mate-screensaver (Ubuntu)
mate-tweak (Ubuntu)
Martin Wimpress

Bug Description

mate-screensaver won't start when using Marco + Compton.
The screen fades to black, then comes right back on.

Everything works fine with other Marco settings and Compiz.

Description: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Release: 16.04
MATE 1.14.1

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in mate-screensaver (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Csipak Attila (corphicks) wrote :

I have the very same symptoms, but the MATE version differs. I instaled Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS a couple of days ago, and both the About MATE window and Synaptic reports the MATE version to be 1.12.1

Csipak Attila (corphicks) wrote :

This bug also may interfere with power management logic (mate-power-management).
I set the session idle timeout to 1 minute (+blank screen instead a screensaver), display sleep timeout to 1 minute and computer sleep timeout to 10 minutes. (Note: I'm using a desktop machine, so battery events / power source states do not interfere.)
Using Marco+Compton, the fade+reawaken glitch described above can be seen after 1:00. Then after 2:00 and 11:00 minutes, nothing happens.
Using Compiz, the blank screen kicks in at 1:00, then the screen sleep at 2:00, then the computer sleep at 11:00, just as it should in the other case.

Csipak Attila (corphicks) wrote :

Looks like I found the upstream bug report on GitHub:

(Couldn't link it into this ticket though, Launchpad does not recognize it somehow...)

Also the Ubuntu MATE Community Forum has a thread on this topic, too:

Frann (francois-collette) wrote :

I'm also affected by this bug using Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS + MATE 1.12.1 and Marco + Compton. With Compiz, screensaver works fine.

Frann (francois-collette) wrote :

Well somehow the bug does also occur with Compiz today for me.

However, whichever window manager is used, setting the screen to turn off via Power Management settings works for me, provided the screen saver is either disabled, or set to a different timing than the screen shutdown in Power Management settings.

Changed in mate-screensaver (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in ubuntu-mate:
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in mate-screensaver (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg) wrote :

Can you test this on the Ubuntu MATE 17.04 live image please. I can't reproduce this.

Changed in ubuntu-mate:
status: Triaged → Invalid
Changed in mate-screensaver (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Incomplete

Just tested this on a full 17.04 installation on bare metal, using the same PM and screensaver settings that are showing the bug in 16.04.

Was not able to reproduce: the screen fades to black and correctly locks.

However, the "floating mate" screensaver is not starting for some reason.

Errata: I'd forgotten to set the window management to "Compton".
I can now fully reproduce the problem on 17.04 Beta 2 (fully updated)

Complete PM settings:

 Put computer to sleep when inactive for: Never
 When laptop lid is closed: Do nothing

 put computer to sleep when inactive for: never
 set display brightness to 100%

On battery power:

  Put computer to sleep when inactive for: never
  when laptop lid is closed: do nothing
  when battery power is critically low: suspend

  put display to sleep when inactive for: never
  two checkboxes unchecked

  When power button pressed: ask me
  when the suspend button pressed: suspend
Notification area:

 - only display an icon when a battery is present


Screensaver settings

Floatin MATE
Regard the computer as idle after 2 minutes
Check activate screensaver when computer is idle
check lock screen when screensaver is active

tags: added: zesty

Interesting: using a different compton configuration the bug does not happen.
Can someone test this?

pkill -x compton

Changed in mate-screensaver (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Changed in mate-screensaver (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in mate-tweak (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → Martin Wimpress (flexiondotorg)
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package mate-tweak - 17.10.0-0ubuntu1

mate-tweak (17.10.0-0ubuntu1) artful; urgency=medium

  * New upstream release. (LP: #1599331) (LP: #1559457)

 -- Martin Wimpress <email address hidden> Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:45:38 +0100

Changed in mate-tweak (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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