Running xserver

Scott Moreau oreaus at
Thu Aug 23 13:41:19 PDT 2012

On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM, Bill Spitzak <spitzak at> wrote:

> Any hints on what is needed to make xserver work under x11-compositor?
> Is it possible without setuid?
> From the sample launch script I have, it seems to require running wayland
> with --xserver, and also running the new Xorg (which did compile and
> install) with "-wayland -rootless :2".
> I am a little confused as to why there are two steps. It seems the xserver
> can be entirely a wayland client. It does seem both are doing xorg things,
> including writing to a log file and reading xorg.conf. Any quick
> explanation as to what is being done by wayland and what is being done by
> Xorg? Or perhaps (as I kind of hope...) I have just found two ways of doing
> the same thing, and only running this xorg is needed?
> The script and error messages indicate that I need a special xorg.conf
> file, which I don't have. Anybody have an example? Or any other guesses as
> to how this should work?
> I really do want to do some development of the shell api, but since the
> xserver is probably the most important client of that right now I don't
> think it would be a good idea to try anything without making that work.
It sounds like you should read the xwayland build guide
There's no trick to it, you just install everything and start weston with
--xserver and DISPLAY should automatically be set in the environment so you
can start running X apps. Read the build guide and use the default
configure options, you don't need to do all this extra stuff you do to
break it before it has a chance to work.
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