Bug 885881 - No systemd service configuration for Xspice
Summary: No systemd service configuration for Xspice
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: spice
Version: 18
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alon Levy
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-12-10 21:30 UTC by Dean Hunter
Modified: 2016-03-14 09:19 UTC (History)
10 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2014-02-05 13:46:23 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Dean Hunter 2012-12-10 21:30:16 UTC
Description of problem:
Xspice can not be started as a systemd service in fedora 18.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[root@client18 ~]# yum list installed *spice*
Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
Installed Packages
spice-glib.x86_64                       0.14-1.fc18             @anaconda       
spice-gtk3.x86_64                       0.14-1.fc18             @anaconda       
spice-server.x86_64                     0.12.0-1.fc18           @anaconda       
spice-vdagent.x86_64                    0.12.0-2.fc18           @fedora         
xorg-x11-server-Xspice.x86_64           0.1.0-1.fc18            @updates-testing
[root@client18 ~]# 

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. yum install xorg-x11-server-Xspice
2. systemctl start Xspice.service

Actual results:
[root@client18 ~]# systemctl start Xspice.service
Failed to issue method call: Unit Xspice.service failed to load: No such file or directory. See system logs and 'systemctl status Xspice.service' for details.
[root@client18 ~]# 

Expected results:
service to be started

Additional info:

Comment 1 Hans de Goede 2012-12-11 08:04:05 UTC
Hmm, why would you want to start an X-server as a service, usually it is started by the display manager, ie gdm and that is the service which is managed at the systemd level.

Comment 2 Dean Hunter 2012-12-11 15:34:53 UTC
I apologize. I do not know any better. I was testing gnome-boxes and saw that it should connect to a remote host server as easily as to a remote guest server. So I wanted to try it. However, I am unable to find much documentation so I am rather stumbling around. I have used ssh -X and Xrdp, which does use a systemd service.

Could you direct me to instructions for using Xspice on my Fedora 18 server such that I may connect from Boxes on my Fedora 18 client?

Comment 3 Alon Levy 2012-12-11 15:50:16 UTC
gnome-boxes can connect to any spice server, and Xspice is a spice server.

Xspice can be run as root or as a user, it takes a number of additional parameters Xorg doesn't, the rest are passed to Xorg. There is a readme in the package:
rpm -ql xorg-x11-server-Xspice

Xspice --disable-ticketing --port 6000 :5.0

and you have an open (no password required) server running on port 6000, unencrypted traffic, using display id 5.0 (so export DISPLAY=:5.0 to use for most X clients).

You then connect with gnome-boxes using port 6000.

To create a systemd unit would be possible too, I'll look at the Xrdp one. Maybe what Hans said makes sense too - i.e. doing it at the gdm level.

Comment 4 Dean Hunter 2012-12-11 15:56:59 UTC
Yes, I found the README and followed those instructions, but all I got was a blank screen so I thought I must have missed something.

Comment 5 Alon Levy 2012-12-11 16:08:24 UTC
That's expected if you haven't run any X client :)

If you expected the old school stipple background then you need to add it to Xspice parameters (-retro), but it is not recommended since it isn't required and it effect performance (qxl is not optimized for it).

Just launch a window manager and it should be fine.

Comment 6 Dean Hunter 2012-12-11 16:21:40 UTC
I guess I expected to see the Gnome desktop as I would with Xrdp. 

Could you remind me how to launch a window manager? I vaguely remember doing this many years ago when first working with a remote X server.

Comment 7 Alon Levy 2012-12-12 11:02:04 UTC
Well, you just convinced me that having the same behaviour with Xspice is a good idea, so I'll look into that.

Meahwhile, for launching a gnome session, I can't seem to run another side by side with my existing one

(5 minutes ago)
<alonl> can I run two gnome-sessions with two separate DISPLAY on the same host with the same user?
<mclasen> no

But icewm works like this:

tty A:
Xspice --disable-ticketing --port 8888 :5.0
tty B:
remote-viewer spice://localhost:8888
tty C:
DISPLAY=:5.0 icewm

Comment 8 Dean Hunter 2012-12-12 13:29:46 UTC
Thank you for considering the systemd configuration. It will be ever so convenient to have one tool, which I guess is destined to become gnome-boxes, to connect to both host and guest servers and to have it all "just work".

Comment 9 Dean Hunter 2013-04-09 22:25:36 UTC
Any news?

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