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Author: Ken Dibble
To: dng
Subject: [DNG] Another Tentacle
Having a few moments, I was going through a test Chimaera system looking

for artifacts of uninstalled packages, files that should have been
deleted, etc.

As part of that process I happened on a process that  I did not know
about running.


From the man page:

The /xscreensaver-systemd/ program is a helper daemon launched by
xscreensaver(1) <https://man.archlinux.org/man/xscreensaver.1.en> for
systemd(1) <https://man.archlinux.org/man/systemd.1.en> or elogind(8)
<https://man.archlinux.org/man/elogind.8.en> integration. It does two

    When the system is about to go to sleep (e.g., the laptop lid has
    just been closed) it locks the screen just /before/ the system
    sleeps, by running /xscreensaver-command --suspend/. When the system
    wakes up again, it runs /xscreensaver-command --deactivate/ to make
    the unlock dialog appear immediately. It does this through the
    <https://man.archlinux.org/man/org.freedesktop.login1.5.en> D-Bus
    When another process asks for the screen saver to be inhibited (e.g.
    because a video is playing) this program periodically runs
    /xscreensaver-command/ /--deactivate/ to keep the display
    un-blanked. It does this until that other program asks for it to
    stop, or exits. It does this through the
    <https://man.archlinux.org/man/org.gnome.SessionManager.5.en> and
    D-Bus interfaces.

According to elogind's github page:

elogind is the systemd project's "logind", extracted to be a standalone

My understanding of the documentation is that communication with elogind
should be through the

D-Bus interface.

My questions, which I am sure that I will not be able to understand the
answer to, are

Why do we have something that looks like it belongs to systemd running?

Why do we need to have a separate daemon just to put something on the
DBus interface?

Confused as usual,