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I've see the slide show (Pictures folder) screensaver. I've also seen how to change the background behind my login screen. What I haven't been able to figure out is how to display a slide show as a screensaver over my login screen. Can someone please point me in the right direction?

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I don't think this is possible looking at how GNOME3 and GDM currently work. At least not without having to restart /etc/init.d/gdm3 every time you want the image to rotate. This seems impractical.

The steps to change the login and the lock screen wallpaper are discussed here in this post titled: Change desktop, login and lock screen wallpapers in GNOME 3.4.

For example

I'll highlight the steps to change GDM's wallpaper just so you get a general idea of what I'm talking about.

step 1 - become the gdm user

su - gdm -s /bin/bash

step 2 - change the image

`dbus-launch | sed 's/^/export /'`

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri file:///home/fabhax/wallpapers/NATURE-SkyStone_1920x1200.jpg

step 3 - restart gdm3

/etc/init.d/gdm3 restart

The steps are similar to do the same thing for the screen lock wallpaper. This could be scripted but it seems hackish.

Leave a comment if this is something you'd seriously like to have.

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Thanks for the reply, link, and code example. We already change our login wallpaper. I really want to cover the login screen with a screensaver that will go away when the mouse or keyboard is touched like a normal screensaver. I was hoping at logout there was a way to trigger the built in screen saver to go on. –  Paul Hildebrandt May 17 '13 at 19:59

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