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Xvfb(1X)							     Xvfb(1X)
X11R6									X11R6


  Xvfb - virtual framebuffer X server


  Xvfb [option...]


  In addition to the normal server options described in	the Xdec(1X) manual
  page,	Xvfb accepts the following command line	switches:

  -config configuration	file
      Specifies	the name of a configuration file to use	to configure the
      loadable Xvfb server.  The default configuration file is

  -screen screennum WxHxD
      This option creates screen screennum and sets its	width, height, and
      depth to W, H, and D respectively.  By default, only screen 0 exists
      and has the dimensions 1280x1024x8.

  -pixdepths list-of-depths
      This option specifies a list of pixmap depths that the server should
      support in addition to the depths	implied	by the supported screens.
      list-of-depths is	a space-separated list of integers that	can have
      values from 1 to 32.

  -fbdir framebuffer-directory
      This option specifies the	directory in which the memory mapped files
      containing the framebuffer memory	should be created. See FILES. This
      option only exists on machines that have the mmap	and msync system

      This option specifies that the framebuffer should	be put in shared
      memory. The shared memory	ID for each screen will	be printed by the
      server. The shared memory	is in xwd format. This option only exists on
      machines that support the	System V shared	memory interface.

  If neither -shmem nor	-fbdir is specified, the framebuffer memory will be
  allocated with malloc().


  Xvfb is an X server that can run on machines with no display hardware	and
  no physical input devices.  It emulates a dumb framebuffer using virtual

  The Xvfb command supports the	run-time loading and execution of X virtual
  frame	buffer server libraries	on Tru64 UNIX platforms.  The command loads
  appropriate libraries	installed on the workstation and can be	configured to
  use any or all of the	extension libraries available on your workstation.

  The primary use of this server is intended to	be server testing. The mfb or
  cfb code for any depth can be	exercised with this server without the need
  for real hardware that supports the desired depths.

  A secondary use is testing clients against unusual depths and	screen confi-


  When the Xvfb	command	is started, it uses a set of internal default lists
  of components	to build an X server.  It also reads a system configuration
  file (/usr/var/X11/Xvfb.conf or the file specified by	the -config option)
  to supplement	or replace components on the lists. The	command	loads all
  system and core components and then transfers	execution to the core com-

  The core components then load	the list of extensions provided	and initial-
  ize the extensions.  Extensions listed in the	configuration file are loaded
  when a client	queries	the extension.	The core components also load any
  font renderers, transport handlers, and authorization	protocol methods
  specified in the configurations.

  The configuration file syntax	is described in	the Xdec(1X) man page.

  The Xvfb command searches for	libraries using	the library_path specified in
  the configuration file or the	LD_LIBRARY_PATH	environment variable.  Each
  component in the colon separated path	is searched.  The default search path
  is /usr/shlib/X11:/usr/shlib

  The default system installation provides a sample configuration file
  /usr/var/X11/Xvfb.conf. It contains comments and shows examples for setting
  up library lists, library sub-lists, the library search path,	and sample
  argument lists.


  Xvfb :1 -screen 0 1600x1200x32
      The server will listen for connections as	server number 1, and screen 0
      will be depth 32 1600x1200.

  Xvfb :1 -screen 1 1600x1200x16
      The server will listen for connections as	server number 1, will have
      the default screen configuration (one screen, 1280x1024x8), and screen
      1	will be	depth 16 1600x1200.

  Xvfb -pixdepths 3 27 -fbdir /usr/tmp
      The server will listen for connections as	server number 0, will have
      the default screen configuration (one screen, 1280x1024x8), will also
      support pixmap depths of 3 and 27, and will use memory mapped files in
      /usr/tmp for the framebuffer.

  xwud -in /usr/tmp/Xvfb_screen0
      Displays screen 0	of the server started by the preceding example.


  The following	files are created if the -fbdir	option is given.

      Memory mapped file containing screen n's framebuffer memory, one file
      per screen.  The file is in xwd format.


  X(1X), Xdec(1X), xwd(1X), xwud(1X), <&lt;XWDFile.h>&gt;


  David	P. Wiggins, X Consortium, Inc.