Zapping the Xorg server

Alex Deucher alexdeucher at
Thu Aug 26 07:50:18 PDT 2010

On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 5:16 AM, Wolfgang Draxinger
<wdraxinger.maillist at> wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:25:04 +0900
> Miles Bader <miles at> wrote:
>> (...)
>> Only instead, it kills your X server...  :(
> Ouch...
> Well, using Vim (and I preferably in uxterm) one is kind of protected
> from loosing changes by putting things into a screen session (but of
> course all the other non-text-console programs will loose their stuff).
> Seeing a lot of Emacs users using XEmacs or GNU Emacs in X mode that
> obviously won't work.
> Which brings me to something I always wondered about: Why is there no X
> pendant for screen (or I'm not aware of it)? I.e. some proxy X server,
> opening an additional display passing through X transparently, keeping
> record of prerequisite resources. And make this proxy de-/attachable.
> So far I emulated such using Xvnc, but that means no HW acceleration,
> no indirect GLX and such things. Of course such a thing boils down to
> implementing an almost fully featured X server, so if I were to
> implement such a thing, I'd probably start of kdrive/Xephyr.

There was a GSOC project to implement screen-like functionality for X
a few years ago, but it ended up being a lot more complex than anyone
thought at the beginning and thus was never completed.


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