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  1. Running Without a Display

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  1. Running Without a Display

    Last Updated: 6/20/1999
    Applies to:  X11r6

    If you have an X application that assumes the existence of an interactive user, but doesn't really require any input from the user, you can run it in a batch mode, on a "headless" file server for example, by directing its DISPLAY to the Virtual Frame Buffer (xvfm) included with the standard X distribution.  This null graphics server responds correctly to the client application, but doesn't actually display anything.  If your application still has problems, try running a well-behaved X application (like xlogo, or xclock) first.  This may "prime the pump" for you.

    Thanks to Don Mattes and Eileen Ching for this tip.

    --Fred

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