xscreensaver hack: show your screen while locked
Posted Mon, 16 Jul 2007
There are some rare cases when you need to have your screen locked, but still have the current display visible without a screensaver or blanker.
Here's a hack to do it with xscreensaver and xdotool:
#!/bin/sh while true; do xdotool search --onlyvisible --name xscreensaver \ | xargs -r -n1 sh -c 'xdotool windowsize $1 1 1' - sleep 3 doneRun this and lock the screen. Every 3 seconds this script will try to shrink the xscreensaver window to 1x1 pixels and reveal your desktop below it. Useful if you need it.