maybe xorg server?: gnome is not starting without a screen connected?

Simon Eigeldinger simon.eigeldinger at
Sat Mar 11 19:26:12 UTC 2017

Hi Eric,

I understood before as well.
I tested Fedora, Ubuntu Gnome, OpenSUSE, Paldo, Debian Testing, Manjaro 
and some more i can't remember at the moment.

Though i don't understand why the system should stop booting without a 
screen connected. Because a half booted machine doesn't make sense.

Screen auto detection isn't a bad thing but not booting is as well.


Am 11.03.2017 um 19:44 schrieb Eric Gunther:
> On Sat, 2017-03-11 at 19:11 +0100, Simon Eigeldinger wrote:
>> Hi Eric and all,
>> I guess we need to get that implemented into the server itself.
>> Because contacting all the distros might be to difficult. that might
>> be
>> a workaround but i think we need to get that fixed.
>> Greetings,
>> Simon
>> Am 11.03.2017 um 14:06 schrieb Eric Gunther:
>>> On Fri, 2017-03-10 at 20:52 +0100, Simon Eigeldinger wrote:
>>>> 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
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>>> As a somewhat amature user of X, I spent some time last night
>>> looking
>>> at info on this.  I think you want a 'headless' setup.  Although in
>>> your case I am not sure this is appropriate.  Often people will
>>> login
>>> to a machine like this over the internet via ssh.  So you need
>>> another
>>> computer to login to the 'headless' one.
>>> What I found is that you probably have to modify xorg.conf or 10
>>> -monitor.conf in the /etc/X11/ and /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d/
>>> directories
>>> respectively.  This does not seem like a good soultion,
>>> particularly in
>>> the case of a liveDVD.
>>> I think the best solution would be to email a maintainer of the
>>> liveDVD
>>> or support for the distribution that your trying to use, whether it
>>> be
>>>  forum, mailing list, or irc(chat).
>>> Have a good day,
>>> eg
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> Hi Simon,
> I think you may have misunderstood.  The proper (As far as I know) way
> to set up when having dificulties is with the configuration files.  As
> far as contacting all the distros, I was going to ask;  which liveDVD
> are you trying to run?  In any event I was saying that you should
> probably talk to the maintainer/support/community of that* distro.
>  Also I think it is unlikely, but probably not impossible, to issue
> parameters at boot that will assist you.
> Greetings,
> Eric Gunther
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