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Question: Selecting screensaver in profile manager

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I would like to use "Word of the day" as screen server for a lab with student iMacs. But trying to set it in Profile Managers Login Window settings will not work. The screensaver selected instead will be "FloatingMessage.saver". The default is Flurry.saver.

I guess it has to do with specifying the chosen Screen Saver as a path. It works with all the ones with no spaces in the name, but not with /System/Library/Screen Savers/Word of the Day.qtz as it contains spaces.

Anoyone who knows how to convert the string so that Profile manager understands it?

Xserve, OS X El Capitan (10.11.6)

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Nov 14, 2017 12:04 PM in response to RDAM-DK In response to RDAM-DK

I doubt the spaces are the problem, as there is a space in the "Screen Savers" part of the path, too. So if spaces were a problem, the feature wouldn't work at all. I suspect the issue is that, unlike all the other screen savers, which are ".saver" bundles, Word of the Day is a .qtz file, and it seems to be unique in this regard.

Nov 14, 2017 12:04 PM

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Nov 14, 2017 12:28 PM in response to mscott_mdm In response to mscott_mdm

I notice that iTunes Artwork.saver also doesn't work. That kinda makes sense, as the iTunes folder is located in a user's home directory, which isn't defined in Login Window. It might be that WOTD also requires a user to be logged in to work. Maybe because it doesn't know what dictionary to use otherwise?


(Of course, "iTunes Artwork.saver" is the only other default screen saver with a space in it's filename, too, so it could also still be the spaces theory, but I doubt it.)

Nov 14, 2017 12:28 PM

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Nov 14, 2017 12:54 PM in response to mscott_mdm In response to mscott_mdm

Well, as for now I have selected Arabesque.qtz, just to see if the format was a problem, and that works. So two theories left: The space problem (I have tried "/System/Library/Screen\ Savers/Word\ of\ the\ Day.qtz" of cause, but no luck). Or the theory that no user might be logged in. When I was using Workgroup Manager, I used "Word of the Day" as screen saver with no problem. Now, if I refer to Word of the Day, it will run "FloatingMessage.saver" instead - which lead me to the conclusion that the interpretation of the string was the problem.

Nov 14, 2017 12:54 PM

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