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Re: Screensaver support for the Hurd console

From: Bas Wijnen
Subject: Re: Screensaver support for the Hurd console
Date: Sat, 08 Jan 2005 22:42:48 +0100
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Alfred M. Szmidt wrote:
   I think the second way to configure screensavers is the best.  What
   do you think?

I think it sucks, the console client and all plugins already take so
many arguments that it is very confusing.

I think it should be possible to use a configuration file, however it should still be possible to override anything in there with a command line option. Of course, with a proper configuration file, you don't need that a lot. But hacking a config file if you just want to test something is annoying, and shouldn't be needed.

I think the possible arguments to the console client should be constant, which means there will be no arguments registered by plugins. So --dpms-standby doesn't seem like a good option to me. Ideally, not only the timing, but also the number of events should be configurable. Perhaps a user wants --screensaver="10:life,30:vga_standby,30:vga_off" (for life after 10 minutes, stand by 30 minutes later, and off 30 minutes after that). Or "20:blank" between life and stand by. The number of steps should not be hard coded, IMO. And of course it should be possible to let it choose randomly from a list (which probably doesn't include "blank", "standby" and "off"). :-)

> In short, the console-client should be changed to use Guile

Personally, I very much dislike config files to be scripts. It's best if they are just a list of key-value pairs, one per line, separated by tab or =. Some config files are not suitable for such a simple format, but I think this one is.


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