Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 21:55:58 -0400
From: The Latest Monkey
I've been looking through all the xscreensaver documentation, but cannot seem to find a way to over-ride the checking of ~/.xscreensaver. We want to set one system-wide default for all users and not allow them to have their own custom prefs saved. We want this to ensure everyone has the screensaver enabled after x minutes with locking enabled. Do you know of a solution to this issue?
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2005 19:10:49 -0700
From: Jamie Zawinski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: xscreensaver
> We want to set one system-wide default for all users
You can do that by editing the global app-defaults/XScreenSaver file.
> and not allow them to have their own custom prefs saved.
That's impossible. Even if you were to modify xscreensaver, you can't stop them from downloading their own copy of xscreensaver from my web site unless you only give them computers that are bolted down, locked shut, not connected to the internet, and don't have CD drives or USB ports. You also can't stop them from simply not running it in the first place.
> Do you know of a solution to this issue?
Yes. Treat your co-workers as co-workers instead of as criminals or children. Set the policy and expect your colleagues to follow it because it is their job to do so, and not because of some halfassed technical impediment.