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glsideshow and xscreensaver

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I am having trouble with slideshow screensavers.

If I run glslideshow in gnome screensaver it does not recognize the "picture" folder.  Preview shows a blank white page.

Glslideshow.desktop does have an option for ImageDirectory.

Path to pictures folder is defined in .xscreensaver. (Never made sense to me, but that's the way it's done.)

I had to install xscreensaver in order to get .xscreensaver.  I set the path in .xscreensaver and the gnome screensaver still does not recognize the "picture" folder.

If I run the slide show in xscreensaver I get errors warning about "constant subroutine Main:S_xxxx redefined at /usr/bin/xscreensaver-getimage-file line 38" plastered all over the image.

I read in one of the posts that this is a perl error.  Nobody seems to be able to explain how to fix the problem without being a perl programer.

Any ideas of how I can run a slideshow screensaver?.

I looked up glslideshow in the expert-exchange database and only got two entries.  I can't believe I am the only one with this problem.

Thanks in advance for your help


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What kind of system do you have? I had Windows XP and my screen saver did a slide show of a certain file/folder of pics.
You using Windows?
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here are related issues, maybe some of this can help you:
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How set preferences for GLSlideshow under
gnome-screensaver?  Since i upgraded from 7.10 to 8.04, GLSlideshow's
 defaults have changed and i no longer see more than about 60% of my
 photos before it switches to the next one.  I want it to do fairly
minimal panning & zooming so that i get to see most (all?) of the photos
 in my collection.

Haven't tried this myself but it may work for you.
http://rclermont.blogspot.com/2007/02/modifying-glslideshow-settings-in_28.html
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by:KenSpeedie
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Sorry I forgot to tell you I am running eeebuntu on a b202 ebox.

I solved the problem.

1. Turns out there is a bug in a perl script under xscreensaver.  They keep saying it will be fixed in the next perl version.

2. I had the zoom in glslideshow.desktop set to 100 so that pictures would not pan.  Turns out I missed the "-" in front of "zoom".  looks like you also have to have all three (-pan, -fade and -zoom)   to make it work properly with no panning.

Thanks for replying.
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