[Xorg] Truly start X in the background ?

Nathaniel McCallum npmccallum at gentoo.org
Thu Aug 26 11:11:37 PDT 2004

On Thu, 2004-08-26 at 03:54 -0700, dag at bakke.com wrote:
> Apologies if this is offtopic for this list.
> I would like to have xdm start in virtual console 7 (this is under Linux)
> without interrupting my work in whatever console I am working in.
> I.e. if executing 'xdm' in a console, xdm would daemonize immediately and
> let me continue whatever I want to do in the console I started xdm from.
> When I need to switch to X, I'll do that with Alt-F7.
> I don't think this is doable right now. Would it be a feature of X/xdm or
> Linux' console handling?
> I do know about chvt(1), but it is still "disruptive" to have the screen
> flashing and keyboard handling jumping between console and X. 
> I also understand that X tries to probe the graphics and monitor during
> startup, but is that always mandatory? Could one imagine saving the
> results of the initial probing, and feeding that result back to X later. 
> (Effectively saying: "skip probing, this is what you want").

I believe daniels already did a patch for this (its a -noswitchvt
option).  I'm not sure if it is in upstream yet.


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