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I'm currently attempting to slowly build out a Media Server/LAMP machine; it's doing the LAMP thing just fine. I've also got the box hooked up to my TV but haven't gotten around to making use of that, until now.
Since I have my laptop on 24/7 and usually within arm's reach, I'd like to be able to run an X session, say, to play a movie/dvd from the server and display it on the TV.
I've read a few thing about dmx and others suggesting VNC. I'm not for using VNC as I'm most certain there is a simpler way of doing this.
I've noted some people on the forums have mentioned passing the $DISPLAY variable with the associated screen to get this to work.
I do not want the overhead of an xserver running when I'm not making use of it, I'd like to just pass a command such as startx followed with a xine or xmplayer line to startup a movie. Once I'm done watching the film I'd like to kill the playback as well as the X session.
A concern: since I'm very rarely at the console, does passing the $DISPLAY get X to just take over the screen even though the terminal hasn't been logged into?
Thanks for any pointers/information/previous threads/articles/or direct solutions ahead of time!
So, I'm quite sure I didn't fully understand your post but I still want to give it a try . You mean something like logging into some kind of movie server using "ssh -Y -C yourserver" and afterwards watching the movie locally as you usually do (e.g. "mplayer mymovie.avi")?