Running Xvfb during a package build -- good idea?

Tom "spot" Callaway tcallawa at
Wed Oct 1 20:37:32 UTC 2008

On Wed, 2008-10-01 at 20:57 +0100, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 01, 2008 at 10:38:35AM -0400, Adam Jackson wrote:
> > Orthogonal to whether koji can or should let you do it, this came up in
> > the context of another discussion today.  I think what we'll end up
> > doing is something like:
> > 
> > Xvfb -displayfd 3 3>& /tmp/whatever
> > 
> > to give the server a way of both picking a free display number, and
> > communicating it back to the launching process.  Does that sound like
> > it'd work for you?
> Yes, really useful..
> It's also worth noting that Debian ship something called Xvfb-run:

Yep. I added it to the Xvfb rawhide package yesterday, but as Adam
pointed out, krh is implementing that set of functionality in the Xvfb
server itself.


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