Xfce4 Power Manager Redux

At work I ran into a quirk that I am trying to understand.

Debian 10 is installed on workstations and laptops. Desktop environments are limited to Xfce and MATE.

When the Xfce power manager is enabled, and the mate-screensaver is installed along with xscreensaver, the Xfce power manager will always launch the mate-screensaver rather than xscreensaver.

The /etc/xdg/autostart/mate-screensaver.desktop file is configured with OnlyShowIn=MATE;. Thus mate-screensaver does not launch within Xfce but the Xfce power manager does. This can be verified by disabling the Xfce power manager on startup. Disabling the Xfce power manager on startup but launching manually results in launching mate-screensaver.

I do not find any configuration options in xfce4-power-manager.xml that might trigger this behavior.

I cannot replicate this behavior on my home Slackware systems. The likely reason is the xfce4-power-manager version is older. I’ll be curious to test this further with the next Slackware release.

I don’t know the cause of this behavior. Short of removing the Xfce power manager I do not know a cure.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: Xfce

Next: Writing a Document

Previous: Writing Style