Linux – SMPlayer does not disable screensaver


I am running SMPlayer 0.8.0 (mplayer frontend) on Linux Mint 14 64bit, when I play a movie and stop using the peripherals the screensaver kicks in after a while.
I have checked the "Disable screensaver" option in the preferences, but it does not do that. Neither does running mplayer from the terminal. How do I fix this?

Best Answer

  • This is a known problem having to do with the way that gnome3 controls the screensaver. Haven't looked into it for a while now but I used to have the same thing with vlc. According to the Arch wiki, you have two options. You can either disable it for mplayer (which should also work for smplayer) specifically, or you could use another program disable it for various programs.

    The mplayer way

    First, replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver:

    sudo apt-get purge gnome-screensaver 
    sudo apt-get install xscreensaver

    Then, add the following to ~/.mplayer/config:

    heartbeat-cmd="xscreensaver-command -deactivate >&- 2>&- &"


    LighstOn is a simple BASH script that will inhibit the screensaver when it detects any of a list of user defined programs (mplayer, and therefore smplayer, are on the list by default) running in full screen mode.

    Replace gnome-screensaver with xscreensaver: as described above. Then, download lightsOn from here. I just tried it and it works perfectly. You might want to make it start automatically by adding it to Cinnamon's start up application list.


    Caffeine is a system tray applet for Gnome3 (it may or may not work in Cinnamon, I have not tried it). According to this site, you can give it a list of programs and it will inhibit the screensaver if they are running (full screen or not). According to the same site, it can work with both xscreensaver and gnome-screensaver so you may want to check it out.

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install caffeine python-glade2