MirBSD manpage: lbxproxy(1)

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     lbxproxy - Low BandWidth X proxy


     lbxproxy [:<display>] [option]


     Applications that would like to take advantage of the Low
     Bandwidth extension to X (LBX) must make their connections
     to an lbxproxy.  These applications need to know nothing
     about LBX, they simply connect to the lbxproxy as if were a
     regular server.  The lbxproxy accepts client connections,
     multiplexes them over a single connection to the X server,
     and performs various optimizations on the X protocol to make
     it faster over low bandwidth and/or high latency connec-

     With regard to authentication/authorization, lbxproxy simply
     passes along to the server the credentials presented by the
     client.  Since X clients will connect to lbxproxy, it is
     important that the user's .Xauthority file contain entries
     with valid keys associated with the network ID of the proxy.
     lbxproxy does not get involved with how these entries are
     added to the .Xauthority file. The user is responsible for
     setting it up.

     The lbxproxy program has various options, all of which are

     If :<display> is specified, the proxy will use the given
     display port when listening for connections.  The display
     port is an offset from port 6000, identical to the way in
     which regular X display connections are specified. If no
     port is specified on the command line option, lbxproxy will
     default to port 63.  If the port number that the proxy tries
     to listen on is in use, the proxy will attempt to use
     another port number.  If the proxy is not using the Proxy
     Manager and the default port number cannot be used, the port
     number that is used will be written to stderr.

     The other command line options that can be specified are:

     -help   Prints a brief help message about the command line

     -display dpy
             Specifies the address of the X server supporting the
             LBX extension. If this option is not specified, the
             display is obtained by the DISPLAY environment vari-

     -motion count

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             A limited number of pointer motion events are
             allowed to be in flight between the server and the
             proxy at any given time.  The maximum number of
             motion events that can be in flight is set with this
             option; the default is 8.

     -maxservers number
             The default behavior of lbxproxy is to manage a sin-
             gle server. However, lbxproxy can manage more than
             one server.  The default maximum number of servers
             is 20.  The number of servers can be overridden by
             setting the environment variable LBXPROXY_MAXSERVERS
             to the desired number.  The order of precedence from
             highest to lowest: command line, environment vari-
             able, default number.

             The default behavior of lbxproxy is to continue run-
             ning as usual when it's last client exits.  The
             -terminate option will cause lbxproxy to exit when
             the last client exits.  The -reset option will cause
             lbxproxy to reset itself when the last client exits.
             Resetting causes lbxproxy to clean up it's state and
             reconnect to the server.

             The default behavior of lbxproxy is to exit when its
             connection to the server is broken.  The -reconnect
             option will cause lbxproxy to just reset instead
             (see -reset above) and attempt to reconnect to the

     -I      Causes all remaining arguments to be ignored.

     -nolbx  Disables all LBX optimizations.

     -nocomp Disables stream compression.

             Disables delta request substitutions.

     -notags Disables usage of tags.

     -nogfx  Disables reencoding of graphics requests (not
             including image related requests).

             Disables image compression.

             Disables squishing of X events.

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             Disables short circuiting of InternAtom requests.

             Disables reading of the atoms control file.  See the
             section on "Atom Control" for more details.

     -atomsfile file
             Overrides the default AtomControl file.  See the
             section on "Atom Control" for more details.

             Disables GetWindowAttributes/GetGeometry grouping
             into one round trip.

             Disables colormap grabbing.

             Disables color name to RGB resolution in proxy.

     -rgbfile path
             Specifies an alternate RGB database for color name
             to RGB resolution.

             Set the size of the proxy's tag cache (in bytes).

     -zlevel level
             Set the Zlib compression level (used for stream
             default is 6
             1 = worst compression, fastest
             9 = best compression, slowest

             Report stream compression statistics every time the
             proxy resets or receives a SIGHUP signal.

             Don't zero out unused pad bytes in X requests,
             replies, and events.

             Allows cheating on X protocol for the sake of
             improved performance. The X protocol guarantees that
             any replies, events or errors generated by a previ-
             ous request will be sent before those of a later
             request.  This puts substantial restrictions on when
             lbxproxy can short circuit a request.  The -cheater-
             rors option allows lbxproxy to violate X protocol
             rules with respect to errors.  Use at your own risk.

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             The -cheatevents option allows lbxproxy to violate X
             protocol rules with respect to events as well as
             errors.  Use at your own risk.


     At startup, lbxproxy "pre-interns" a configurable list of
     atoms.  This allows lbxproxy to intern a group of atoms in a
     single round trip and immediately store the results in its

     While running, lbxproxy uses heuristics to decide when to
     delay sending window property data to the server.  The
     heuristics depend on the size of the data, the name of the
     property, and whether a window manager is running through
     the same lbxproxy.

     Atom control is specified in the "AtomControl" file, set up
     during installation of lbxproxy, with command line over-

     The file is a simple text file.  There are three forms of
     lines: comments, length control, and name control.  Lines
     starting with a '!' are treated as comments.  A line of the

         z length

     specifies the minimum length in bytes before property data
     will be delayed.  A line of the form

         options atomname

     controls the given atom, where options is any combination of
     the following characters: 'i' means the atom should be pre-
     interned; and 'w' means data for properties with this name
     should be delayed only if a window manager is also running
     through the same lbxproxy.


     When the authorization protocol XDM-AUTHORIZATION-1 is used:

         A client must be on the same host as lbxproxy for the
         client to be authorized to connect to the server.

         If a client is not on the same host as lbxproxy, the
         client will not be authorized to connect to the server.

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