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Old 06-29-2008, 08:27 PM   #1
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Dummy X Server?

I am trying to use xmms on a low memory thinclient (64 or 32mb). I read about xvfb, but I'm guessing it needs ram instead of a video card to work. I can't find out how much ram it would take. Since ram (And hd space [No HD on the thinclient, natch]) are at a premium, is there a true dummy x-server, one that just dumps everything to /dev/null and never looks at it again? I never need to access what is displayed on screen, it's just that xmms needs it. (I have found a fork called noxmms which is xmms - the x requirements, but the last port version is of xmms 1.2.7, not 1.2.11).
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What about exporting the X duties to another host? The other host would have to have an X server that accepts TCP connections, but not necessarily anyone to look at it's screens. In principle, one could even use Xvfb for the dummy X server, I think, although I have not tried that. Now that I've said that, I just might have a good use for that whole process, myself. Thanks,
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Check if xmms can work with 1x1 screen size. Surely Xvfb will require less RAM that way. Actually, no correct X server can completely ignore data transmitted - it will be possible to write specification-compliant application that breaks only if X server doesn't remember some submitted data..
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25Mb for 56 opened xterms...

root]# ps -lef | grep Xvf
0 R root 19279 1 14 77 0 - 25130 - Jun27 ? 11:00:07 /usr/bin/X11/Xvfb :1 -ac -screen 0 1280x1024x8 -fbdir /tmp
root]# export DISPLAY=:1
root]# xlsclients | wc -l


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