JP Vossen on 13 Dec 2011 12:28:11 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Autostart application under xfce

Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2011 13:52:42 -0500
From: "Eric H. Johnson"<>

I have a very odd problem with an xubuntu 10.04 system and running an
application at log-on. This system runs headless, so it logs into a user
account automatically and runs an applications as that user. When a monitor
is attached it runs fine. If I disconnect the monitor, it appears that the
applications does not start. I have also checked keyboard and mouse, but
they have no effect, it clearly seems to be related to the monitor.


Too many Erics on this thread, my head hurts.

Anyway, as one Eric pointed out, the problem is probably the missing monitor. But there is an easier solution than the resistor hardware hack the original Eric followed-up with. :-)

Most of us are familiar with the various "remote desktop" server that *share* the console GUI. That is, the GUI that is displayed on the physical monitor can also be seen remotely. But there's another VNC X server that provides X without sharing (or using) the attached physical display, if any.

See the "note" at the bottom!

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$ apt-cache show vnc4server
Package: vnc4server
Priority: optional
Section: universe/x11
Installed-Size: 5440
Provides: vnc-server, xserver
Description: Virtual network computing server software
VNC stands for Virtual Network Computing. It is, in essence, a remote display system which allows you to view a computing `desktop' environment not only on the machine where it is running, but from anywhere on the Internet and from a wide variety of machine architectures.
This package provides a vncserver to which X clients can connect and the server generates a display that can be viewed with a vncviewer.
It contains an X server connector so clients can connect to your local X desktop directly.
Note: This server does not need a display. You need a vncviewer to see something. This viewer may also be on a computer running other operating systems.
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I'm *pretty sure* that will do just want you need, though it's possible you may have fiddling to do to make it the default and make the apps in question come up under it.

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