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Feature Request: Monitorless Server #478

LupenWonse opened this issue Oct 27, 2019 · 1 comment

Feature Request: Monitorless Server #478

LupenWonse opened this issue Oct 27, 2019 · 1 comment


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@LupenWonse LupenWonse commented Oct 27, 2019

Feature Request

It would be great to have the option to setup a server as "monitorless". Meaning that a server should handle mouse and keyboard on multiple clients without itself participating in the monitor layout.

Use Case

A user having multiple desktop systems wants to use a single mouse & keyboard for the entire setup. There is no main system which is always on.

Instead a lightweight server (e.g. a Raspberry pi) which is always on can handle the keyboard and mouse input on the systems. Therefore a single keyboard and mouse can be used with the systems no matter which one is currently on or off. It must be ensured that only the low power device is on.


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@ctsrc ctsrc commented Nov 8, 2019

I just commented on a similar issue (#447) and I'll reproduce the same comment here as it might be of use to you:

I haven't tested this with Barrier, but I've used programs like Xvfb, Xephyr and Xpra for similar and other purposes before – running graphical software on a headless server, or running software on a secondary virtual display in order to interact with them programmatically to capture screenshots while still being able to use the computer without interfering with the screenshots that are being produced.

It was a while ago since I last used any of those pieces of software but the section titled "Start at boot" in the Xpra article on the Arch Linux wiki is probably a good place to start no matter which distro you are using.

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