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Old 03-16-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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How would one display graphical images outside of X?


I run X only under duress. For years I have used svgalib clients. I haven't gotten svgalib to work on my new machine (or X, either, a different matter). I have come tantalizingly close.

Is there any other non-X image displayer?
 
Old 03-16-2010, 10:34 PM   #2
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Are you talking about a litteral image display program like seejpeg, or some kind of window manager?
 
Old 03-16-2010, 10:49 PM   #3
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Depends on what sort of images you need to view, and perhaps on your hacking skills but there might be some options.

The first thing that comes to mind for me is directfb.org -- you can find some neat information there (all cluttered together in a hard to read fashion imho) but among other things (which I found very interesting) is apparently a way to rebuild Firefox so it doesn't need X (and other things that can be done in DirectFB rather than X). I think this site expects you to be wanting to do some coding, so if there are no ready-to-use apps over there, forgive me.

Anyhow, straight to the point: Have a look here at this fbida project and Here at fim and fbi, both of which appear to claim to be ways/means/software for viewing some assortment of images from your framebuffer (without X).

If neither of those appeal to you (or maybe don't work) you may find some other ideas over here at kmandla's blog which is where I read about the above mentioned tools, but where there is also a LOAD of other cool Linux software and tools for doing all sorts of things, with and without X.

There are PDF viewers available to be sure, that do not require X, but I haven't taken the time to investigate fully, all the potential of working outside X, so YMMV as they say.

Good luck!

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Old 03-17-2010, 02:05 PM   #4
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I have used seejpeg & zgv for years and been happy with them. I have even hacked svgalib to keep them working.

Fortunately fbi works. Thanks GrapefruiTgirl!
 
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Great glad that helped!
 
Old 03-17-2010, 02:28 PM   #6
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Going by the screenshots here I would say ViperWM may be a good choice
http://vwm.sourceforge.net/screenshots.html
 
  


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