Restart X without restarting machine

To get a console press Ctrl + Alt + F1, depending on your desktop environment:

  • LightDM - Ubuntu 11.10+ sudo /etc/init.d/lightdm restart
  • Gnome: sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart
  • KDE: sudo /etc/init.d/kdm restart

Install custom GNOME screensaver

GNOME screensavers have screensaver engines which are executable which are run to display the screensaver graphics.

  • Ascertain screensaver engines directory
pkg-config --variable=privlibexecdir gnome-screensaver

Each screensaver has a xyz.desktop file with options such as and parameters that should be used

  • Ascertain screensaver themes directory
pkg-config --variable=themesdir gnome-screensaver
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