request for info on kiosk operation

Glynn Clements glynn at
Mon Dec 4 16:16:19 PST 2006

david wrote:

> I am planning to setup a embedded PC to run a digital sign (basically a 
> PC and large screen monitor). I intend to use X without any window 
> manager, with apps like mplayer and some static jpeg display program 
> using X directly.
> Can anyone point me to documentation that would cover this?
> My first attempts with startx and xinitrc, have mplayer unable to find 
> running Xserver or the Xserver closing when the app closes.

Pass the -noreset switch to the X server if you don't want it to
terminate when the last client disconnects.

Also, the last command in the session script should be run in the
foreground and never terminate. It doesn't have to be an X client;
"sleep 1000d" will do.

Glynn Clements <glynn at>

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