Xscreensaver overrides vlc smplayer and caffeine

Bug #1790110 reported by lotuspsychje on 2018-08-31
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
caffeine (Ubuntu)
xscreensaver (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu desktop 18.04.1 up to date to latest @ 31/8/2018

When playing a movie on vlc, smplayer or totem xscreensaver overrides the movie ontop
even with settings enabled to block screensaver or an active caffeine lock.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.04
Package: xscreensaver 5.36-1ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.15.0-33.36-generic 4.15.18
Uname: Linux 4.15.0-33-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.20.9-0ubuntu7.2
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
Date: Fri Aug 31 11:46:20 2018
InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-08-17 (13 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver" - Release amd64 (20180426)
 PATH=(custom, no user)
SourcePackage: xscreensaver
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

lotuspsychje (lotuspsychje) wrote :
Jeff Vehrs (icemanv9) wrote :

I have a same experience with ESPN from Firefox playing the video (in full screen) of Miami-LSU football game. Screensaver came on once too many times. It shouldn't be happening as it's 18.04 version! It felt like some developer took out the "fix" code out.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in xscreensaver (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
lotuspsychje (lotuspsychje) wrote :

tested both on Xorg & Wayland, bug persists

Chris Guiver (guiverc) wrote :

just tested & have this issue in 19.04 (LXQt desktop & vlc)
in `vlc` i had 'disable screensaver' ticked, but xscreensaver still hid vlc (both when vlc was playing in a window, or was fullscreen)

due to [a requested] test earlier today i was using an old version of xscreensaver when I first tried, ie.

  Installed: 5.36-1ubuntu1
 *** 5.36-1ubuntu1 500
        500 http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/ubuntu zesty/universe amd64 Packages

i then closed vlc, and upgraded to the standard disco (19.04) version of xscreensaver. i restarted the xscreensaver daemon & re-tested, again vlc was overwritten [on display] by xscreensaver

// following [trimmed] output was after xscreensaver was back to 19.04's default version
guiverc@d960-ubu2:~$ apt-cache policy vlc xscreensaver
  Installed: 3.0.6-1
 *** 3.0.6-1 500
        500 http://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/ubuntu disco/universe amd64 Packages
  Installed: 5.42+dfsg1-1ubuntu1
 *** 5.42+dfsg1-1ubuntu1 500
        500 http://ftp.iinet.net.au/pub/ubuntu disco/universe amd64 Packages

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in caffeine (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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