request for info on kiosk operation
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Mon Dec 4 22:33:18 PST 2006
On Mon, 4 Dec 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.
> My first attempts with startx and xinitrc, have mplayer unable to find
> running Xserver
It sounds like the DISPLAY and/or XAUTHORITY environment variables aren't
set. I'd need more details for a definite diagnosis.
> or the Xserver closing when the app closes.
It's normal for xinit to shut down the server when its client exits.
Just make certain that doesn't happen. For example:
mplayer -fs some_video.avi >/dev/null 2>/dev/null </dev/null
$ chmod +x presentation.sh
$ xinit [full path to presentation.sh]
BTW, that "</dev/null" is significant. You want to make darn sure mplayer
doesn't think its input is attached to a tty in this case.
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