My beloved screensaver Asciiquarium is not available for KDE Plasma 5. It was previously available in KDE Plasma 3 and Plasma 4, but Plasma 5 dropped support. How can I run Asciiquarium as a screensaver in any desktop environment?
Asciiquarium can run in a fullscreen terminal, and the screen locked with xtrlock. However the link is short on details.
Firstlly, I prefer
xtrlock, since it provides some visual feedback on password entry, and can also hide the mouse cursor. N.B.
alock requires a single keystroke first to start entry. After the green border appears, type in your password.
The following script is used to activate the screensaver, and is located at
#!/bin/sh xterm -fullscreen -bg black -e asciiquarium & alock -cursor none -bg none; xdotool key --clearmodifiers q
The first part launches
xterm in fullscreen, runs
asciiquarium, and places it in the background (
-bg black is necessary to avoid the background of xterm showing as a border behind
alock immediately runs, hiding the cursor (
-cursor none) and locking the screen transparently (
-bg none). When
alock is unlocked by the user, it quits.
xdotool then types q, which will quit
asciiquarium and hence
Now all that remains is to automatically trigger the screensaver with something like
xss-lock. To start it automatically on login, create the following file at
[Desktop Entry] Exec=xss-lock -- /home/sparhawk/.local/bin/asciiquarium_screensaver & Type=Application Terminal=false Name=asciiquarium_screensaver
To change the timeout value, use
$ xset s TIME_IN_SECONDS TIME_IN_SECONDS
TIME_IN_SECONDS with the number of seconds of idleness before you want it to activate. I don't entirely understand why you need to enter it twice, but that's what worked for me.