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Old 11-21-2011, 11:32 AM   #1
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Calibre server on (headless no X) sheevaplug

Hey Guys,

I'm seeing a lot of guides about how to set a server up headless but while trying I'm getting the question to install the X server environment. Is there anyway to avoid this?

I'm trying to get it to run on a sheevaplug (ARM) with debian running on it.

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Old 11-21-2011, 12:03 PM   #2
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Calibre, even the command line tools, requires X. You can use xvfb as a minimal alternative.
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Old 11-21-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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This isn't meant as bashing Calibre, don't get me wrong I love it! And I'm not trying to be rude or anything, but why?

I can't really imagine why Calibre-server would requires X, in my logic I would split up the packages, client and server so only the client would require X and I would be able to run the server on a headless machine without X.

Especially with the amount of package manager these days it wouldn't be that horrible for a simple end-user to click (possibly in the client) "install server too".

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Old 11-21-2011, 01:51 PM   #4
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I think it is the fact that the Qt libraries that are used by Calibre require X (at least a minimal subset) to be present.

I know that there have been discussions in other threads where it is pointed out that Qt is used for more than maintaining the GUI, and so it is not (currently at least) possible to remove the requirement to have at least a minimal X capability even for the command line tools.
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Old 11-28-2011, 09:27 AM   #5
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I run Calibre on a headless server. As noted, you can install xvfb and be done with it. You'll still be able to run all the tools as command-line only.
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Any X program is already client/server. (Although the client/server orientation may surprise you. X apps on the remote machine request the X server in front of you to draw things.)

I run calibre on my home machine and display it at work. You don't need an X server on your sheevaplug. You need to understand how to remotely access X apps and you need an X server on the machine you want to access them from.

Google turns up this sheeva-specific page. http://computingplugs.com/index.php/Installing_X11

At first glance that page looks like overkill, though.

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Is X server still required for calibre-server?
I want to run calibre on my My BookLive - a NFS with dedian lenny, and I am not quite sure what will happen if I install X server to it.
Has anyone ever tried it?
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