not completely booting to the desktop without a screen connected?

Pekka Paalanen ppaalanen at
Mon Mar 13 09:48:55 UTC 2017

On Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:48:59 +0100
Simon Eigeldinger <simon.eigeldinger at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I sent this message to the x server mailing list as well because i 
> figured out that the server doesn't start the desktop because of no 
> screen being connected.
> so i am asking this on the wayland list as well.
> ------ Snip ------
> Hi all,
> I am a blind person from austria.
> I am using the computer often without a screen.
> I figured out on many distros there are issues with the desktop without 
> a screen.
> Seems the desktop isn't coming up when no screen is connected?
> I read in the arch wiki that this is caused by the screen auto config 
> function of the server.
> can that be worked around?
> I wanted to install a system on a machine but the live dvd seems not to 
> come up because of this.
> Is there something i can specify at boot? for example some parameters i 
> can enter at the boot menu?
> For people using no screen this is pretty frustrating.
> greetings and thanks for helping,
> Simon
> ------ Snip ------
> In my opinion we need to get that working even without a screen.


personally I can only offer a very short answer: it is up to each
display server to support a case of no screens.

In a Wayland-based desktop environment, it is literally up to the
desktop environment project since they provide their own display
servers, also known as Wayland compositors.

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