Bug#762266: "(null)" gets displayed instead of date on screen unlocking dialog

Mike Gabriel mike.gabriel at das-netzwerkteam.de
Sat Oct 25 16:09:56 UTC 2014

Hi Nachanon,

On  Sa 20 Sep 2014 12:57:16 CEST, Nachanon Vetjasit wrote:

> Package: mate-screensaver
> Version: 1.8.0-5~bpo70+1
> Severity: normal
> Dear Maintainer,
> I've installed MATE Desktop from Debian backports repository,
> the desktop worked as expected. When I selected main MATE menu
> and selected "Lock Screen", screen goes black as expected.
> But as I moved mouse, the screen unlock dialog appeared
> with this content:
>                 22:39:40
>                  (null)
>             Nachanon Vetjasit
>            window on WINDOW-NB
>    Password: [                   ] en
> [Leave Message][Switch User][Cancel][Unlock]
> The second line on dialog should be current system date.
> But instead, it displayed as "(null)".
> Screenshot of this dialog is also attached.
> Regards,
> Nachanon Vetjasit

As you probably yourself have realized, this is a localization issue  
and possibly not even related to mate-screensaver.

I need feedback on two things:

What does (run from the cmdline) give:

   $ date +%x

   $ date +%X

Here is what I see on a German localized system:

mike@<host>:~$ date +%x
mike@<host>:~$ date +%X

Does the issue persist if you install a Debian jessie system that runs  
mate-screensaver from jessie (in your specific locale).



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