why X/KDE?

2008-03-19
2013-05-01
  • My attempt to install dimdim on a headless datacentre centos4.5 server falls over as it seems to want X11 and KDE installed. This, to be blunt, appears to be almost deliberately perverse.

    Why does a server need X and a dektop environment? Even open office doesn't need this. Installing X on a server without a mouse, graphics hardware or display is not a jolly time.

     
    • Hopefully just the libraries are needed..

       
    • please let us know if you have a solution or a clue to fix this issue, this is relly perverse

       
    • dimdim_uday
      dimdim_uday
      2008-03-27

      Hi,

      We use OpenOffice's UNO APIs (
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Network_Objects\) to convert Office documents to PDF in Linux. As of version 2.x, OpenOffice unfortunately doesn't work without an X11 interface. For this reason we are forced to have the framework installed.

      However, it is possible to not have a UI running at the time the Media Server is running, by using XvFB (a virtual frame buffer -
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xvfb\)

      We use XvFB in all our internal deployments. This will allow you to run DMS without any UI.

      PDF uploads will not require any OpenOffice and hence do not need an X11 interface. Providing only PDF uploads however require some modifications on our software.

      Hope this answers your query.
      Regards,
      Uday

       
    • Yup, I've been enjoying xvfb. Many hours of enjoyment.And many more to come, I think.

       
    • But thank you, Uday, it's good to know I'm on the right track!