What is the status of xscreen? Will its development ever be resumed?

Jason Spiro jasonspiro4 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 2 13:52:06 PDT 2007

Hi Ori and xorg list members,

Ori, you told me last year about the project you were working on: xscreen,
a program similar in functionality to Gnu Screen, only for X
applications [1], done for Google Summer of Code.  I am interested in
running Xscreen: I would like to try using it to prevent my
applications from aborting when I kill X (e.g. by accident[2].)  I
also might like to try using it to share single applications, not
entire Xorg displays, between me and others.

Ori, gitweb shows that you checked in lots of code to the orib-soc-2006
branch of xorg [3], but that it was not merged into HEAD.  Did you
manage to finish implementing xscreen?  If not, what was finished,
what was not, and what would need to be done to get xscreen working?

Xorg people: Do you think it's likely that you will resume development
of xscreen in the future, either by yourself or by finding more Summer
of Code students to work on it?  ( I would not volunteer though.  :-)
)  Or is VNC good enough that it wouldn't be worth it to develop
xscreen further?

Jason Spiro

[1] http://code.google.com/soc/2006/xorg/appinfo.html?csaid=73A89F18E7770493
[2] Btw, Ctrl+Alt+Backspace is a pet peeve of mine.  See my feature
request https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=10507 -
"Ctrl-Alt-Backspace should request confirmation before killing Xorg".
[3] http://gitweb.freedesktop.org/?p=xorg/xserver.git;a=shortlog;h=orib-soc-2006

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