[winswitch] xpra list is empty immediately after xpra start

Antoine Martin antoine at nagafix.co.uk
Fri Sep 20 07:46:02 BST 2013

On 20/09/13 13:39, Thomas Koch wrote:
> Hi,
> I've made a script that is called on every ssh login to my virtual machine. It 
> tests whether xpra is running (via xpra list) and if not it starts xpra and 
> immediately afterwards it runs xpra list to parse the value that should be 
> assigned to $DISPLAY.
> It's always(?) the case, that xpra list does not show the just started 
> instance but prints an empty list.
> Do you consider this a bug? Maybe you could add an option to xpra start that 
> it should only return once everything is set up so that xpra list finds the 
> instance?
This is not considered a bug at present and is probably not (easily)
fixable either.
That's because servers daemonize before setting up everything.
> While I'm at it: It would be nice to have a shell parsable output of xpra 
> list, e.g. separated by tabs without indentation.
Parsing spaces isn't difficult, and changing the output may break
existing scripts..


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