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       urxvtd - urxvt terminal daemon


       urxvtd [-q|--quiet] [-o|--opendisplay] [-f|--fork] [-m|--mlock] [-e|--eval perlstring]

       urxvtd -q -o -f    # for .xsession use


       This manpage describes the urxvtd daemon, which is the same vt102 terminal emulator as
       urxvt, but runs as a daemon that can open multiple terminal windows within the same

       You can run it from your X startup scripts, for example, although it is not dependent on a
       working DISPLAY and, in fact, can open windows on multiple X displays on the same time.

       Advantages of running a urxvt daemon include faster creation time for terminal windows and
       a lot of saved memory.

       The disadvantage is a possible impact on stability - if the main program crashes, all
       processes in the terminal windows are terminated. For example, as there is no way to
       cleanly react to abnormal connection closes, "xkill" and server resets/restarts will kill
       the urxvtd instance including all windows it has opened.


       urxvtd currently understands a few options only. Bundling of options is not yet supported.

       -q, --quiet
           Normally, urxvtd outputs the message "rxvt-unicode daemon listening on <path>" after
           binding to its control socket. This option will suppress this message (errors and
           warnings will still be logged).

       -o, --opendisplay
           This forces urxvtd to open a connection to the current $DISPLAY and keep it open.

           This is useful if you want to bind an instance of urxvtd to the lifetime of a specific
           display/server. If the server does a reset, urxvtd will be killed automatically.

       -f, --fork
           This makes urxvtd fork after it has bound itself to its control socket.

       -m, --mlock
           This makes urxvtd call mlockall(2) on itself. This locks urxvtd in RAM and prevents it
           from being swapped out to disk, at the cost of consuming a lot more memory on most
           operating systems.

           Note: In order to use this feature, your system administrator must have set your
           user's RLIMIT_MEMLOCK to a size greater than or equal to the size of the urxvtd binary
           (or to unlimited). See /etc/security/limits.conf.

           Note 2: There is a known bug in glibc (possibly fixed in 2.8 and later versions) where
           calloc returns non-zeroed memory when mlockall is in effect. If you experience crashes
           or other odd behaviour while using --mlock, try it without it.

       -e, --eval perlstring
           Evaluate the given perl code after basic initialisation (requires perl support to be
           enabled when compiling urxvtd).

           This can be used for example to configure the internal perl interpreter, which is
           shared between all terminal instances, or create additional listening sockets for
           additional protocols.

           The code is currently executed before creating the normal listening sockets: this
           might change in future versions.


       This is a useful invocation of urxvtd in a .xsession-style script:

          urxvtd -q -f -o

       This waits till the control socket is available, opens the current display and forks into
       the background. When you log-out, the server is reset and urxvtd is killed.


           Both urxvtc and urxvtd use the environment variable RXVT_SOCKET to create a listening
           socket and to contact the urxvtd, respectively. If the variable is missing then
           $HOME/.urxvt/urxvtd-<nodename> is used.

           Only used when the "--opendisplay" option is specified. Must contain a valid X display


       urxvt(7), urxvtc(1)