Linux Mint 18.1 stuck on "screensaver loading"

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Message 1869882 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 1:55:47 UTC

I have the latest Linux Mint 18.1 with XFCE and the screensaver doesn't appear to work.

I added the appropriate line to .xscreensaver, but when it kicks in, it just says "screensaver loading".

However, if I do a
sudo boincscr -root
it runs.

Any ideas?

PS - I'm trying to give Linux a try but I keep running into these little annoyances!
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Message 1869927 - Posted: 28 May 2017, 9:01:00 UTC - in response to Message 1869882.  
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On Linux:

This is a XScreenSaver compatible BOINC screensaver for Unix/X11.
To use this screensaver, please add the following to the 'programs' preference in your .xscreensaver file:

GL: boincscr -root \n\

If your BOINC directory differs from /var/lib/boinc, you can use the -boinc_dir command line argument.

When run, this screensaver connects to the BOINC client via RPC, asks for graphics providing tasks and starts a random graphics application. The window created by the graphics application is then searched for using X11 window properties, such as "WM_COMMAND". Not every graphics application seems to support this, but this method has been successfully tested with Einstein@Home and When the graphics application window has been found, it will be embedded into the XScreenSaver-provided fullscreen-window, the root window, the preview window or a newly created window, depending on the environment, using the XEMBED method.

NOTE: BOINC runs even if you don't use the screensaver.

Seti only sends out the graphics application with CPU science applications on Windows and OS X, so unless you built the graphics app yourself or got it from third party, you won't have it.

Ancient Astronaut Theorists can tell you that I do not help with tech questions via private message. Please use the forums for that.
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