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Electric Sheep + Mint 12 KDE

Postby ivarth on Sat Feb 11, 2012 6:45 pm

Hi all!

I'm having trouble getting the Electric Sheep screensaver working in Mint 12 KDE.
Before I was running Kubuntu 11.10 and it worked just fine there.

What I've done so far is:
1. Installed Electric Sheep from the repos.
2. Created electricsheep.desktop file which I placed in /usr/share/kde4/services/ScreenSavers
4. Copied all my "sheeps" to the .electricsheep folder in my home directory.
5. Opened ScreenSavers, selected ElectricSheep as my screensaver. When I click "Test" it works just fine and comes up normally in fullscreen (as it should).
6. Set the time until my screensaver activates.

When the screensaver is supposed to kick in, I just get a black screen, so it looks like it's just using the "Blank Screen" thingie in Screensavers.
If I select other screensavers, most of them seem to work fine.

Here's the contents of my elecetricsheep.desktop file.
Code: Select all
[Desktop Entry]
Exec=electricsheep
Icon=preferences-desktop-screensaver
Type=Service
X-KDE-ServiceTypes=ScreenSaver
Actions=Setup;InWindow;Root;
X-KDE-Category=
Name=ElectricSheep
 
[Desktop Action Setup]
Exec=kxsconfig anemone
Name=Setup...
Icon=preferences-desktop-screensaver

[Desktop Action InWindow]
Exec=electricsheep -window-id %w
Name=Display in Specified Window
NoDisplay=true

[Desktop Action Root]
Exec=electricsheep -windowid %w
Name=Display in Root Window
NoDisplay=true


I basically copied and adjusted it after a file I found on the internet for kde4, and I just edited out the translations of all the menus.

Does anyone have any idea what is going on? The above process worked just fine for me in Kubuntu 11.10
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Re: Electric Sheep + Mint 12 KDE

Postby CalebW on Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:34 pm

I don't know about Mint 12 KDE, but I use Mint 13 Mate and when I installed electricsheep through the repositories it installed electricsheep.desktop at /usr/share/applications/screensavers/electricsheep.desktop. Here's the original contents of that file:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=ElectricSheep
Comment=Electric Sheep is a distributed screen-saver that harnesses idle computers into a render farm with the purpose of animating and evolving artificial life-forms.
TryExec=electricsheep
Exec=electricsheep --root 1
StartupNotify=false
Terminal=false
Type=Application
Categories=Screensaver;
OnlyShowIn=GNOME;XFCE

In order to get it to work with the mate-screensaver I had to edit the last line to show OnlyShowIn=GNOME;XFCE;MATE
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Re: Electric Sheep + Mint 12 KDE

Postby BostonPeng on Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:37 am

Here's my electricsheep.desktop.
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[Desktop Entry]
Encoding=UTF-8
Exec=electricsheep
Icon=kscreensaver
Type=Service
X-KDE-ServiceTypes=ScreenSaver
Actions=InWindow;Root;Setup;
X-KDE-Category=Fractals
Name=ElectricSheep

[Desktop Action Setup]
Exec=electricsheep-preferences
Name=Setup...

[Desktop Action InWindow]
Exec=electricsheep -window-id %w
Name=Display in specified window
NoDisplay=true

[Desktop Action Root]
Exec=electricsheep -window-id %w
Name=Display in root window
NoDisplay=true

Thst'a what I use as my default screensaver on LMDE KDE but it should work for you in Mint KDE as well. You can also check the Linux Install Instructions thread on the Electric Sheep site if yo have more problems. They helped me get my sheep working a while back.
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