Re: X without a monitor?!


Running Xvfb works except that Xvfb has no input device support, thus it
won't help you if what you are running is an interactive program that
expects keyboard input.

You don't need a physical display but you do need a "frame buffer". 
Usually that means a graphics card.  Most computers have some kind of
frame buffer built onto the system board nowadays, it's getting rare to
find a machine that does not.


On Tue, 2003-04-08 at 13:06, Dave Mielke wrote:
> [quoted lines by Buddy Brannan on April 8, 2003, at 07:40]
> Hi:
> >how do I get X to run if I
> >don't have a monitor? 
> Run Xvfb. If X isn't already running, then run Xvfb on :0. If it is, you can
> still run Xvfb on something else, e.g. :2. A sample way to run it is:
>     /usr/bin/X11/Xvfb :2 -ac -screen 2 800x600x32 -fn 7x14
> Note that the number after the colon and the number which is the operand of the
> -screen option should be the same.
Bill Haneman <bill haneman sun com>

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