I'm trying to get Xvfb to run when the system starts up on Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick), but it's not working. In /etc/rc.local, I have the following:
/root/start_xvfb.sh >> /var/log/start_xvfb.log 2>&1 exit 0
And in /root/start_xvfb.sh I have:
#!/bin/sh -e startx -- `which Xvfb` :0 -screen 0 1024x768x24 & exit 0
After rebooting the machine, the log file (/var/log/start_xvfb.log) contains:
[dix] Could not init font path element /usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic, removing from list! ^M waiting for X server to shut down ^M
Given that content in the log file, it seems like the call to "startx -- `which Xvfb` :0 -screen 0 1024x768x24" is being made, but the process is killed soon thereafter.
I want to start Xvfb on boot because I need to run Firefox on a remote server that doesn't have a monitor display. If I run /etc/rc.local after SSH'ing to the remote machine, Xvfb starts without a problem and I can launch Firefox via "firefox --display=:0 &". If I try to run Firefox using that command without first starting Xvfb, I get the message "Error: cannot open display: :0".
Note that I am not trying to actually see the display on my local workstation. I want the application to display on the remote machine's (virtual, in memory) display.
Any ideas why X server is shutting down on the remote machine immediately after it starts? Is there a better way to have Xvfb start upon system boot?
Thanks in advance for any help.