Jenkins Xvfb in Centos 6

During my last adventures with Jenkins y suffered into a new problem trying to running my gtester’s test battery.

 [exec] TEST: tests/stkmngtest... (pid=13754)
     [exec] Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:
     [exec] aborting...
     [exec] FAIL: tests/stkmngtest

that makes my test suite were aborted聽 and also makes Jenkins useless, and useless things are my competitors because the only useless thing allowed at home is me 馃槢 .

The basic problem is that there no are a XOrg session running, first I change runlevel to 5 and expect see test runing聽 a big FAIL was the result.

after reading a bit of literature I discover a thing called Xvfb

for install follow these steps


yum install Xvfb

yum install mesa-dri-drivers

the next step was try to install Xvfb plugin in jenkins but i doesn’t work it give these exception

FATAL: null
	at org.jenkinsci.plugins.xvfb.XvfbBuildWrapper.decorateLauncher(
	at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$AbstractRunner.createLauncher(
	at hudson.model.AbstractBuild$
	at hudson.model.ResourceController.execute(

I found a quick and dirty solution that is put a xvfb-run call in commands that need a xserver like this

<target name=”runtest” description=”run glib test”>
<exec executable=”xvfb-run”>
<arg value=”gtester”/>
<arg value=”tests/stkmngtest”/>
<arg value=”–keep-going”/>
<arg value=”-o=Tests.xml”/>

the solution for solve these problem is configure Jenkins plugin BIG BIG BIG THANKS TO Tomasz Wysocki, he show me the missing configuration options.

Here for global settings

And here for project settings

4 Replies to “Jenkins Xvfb in Centos 6”

  1. I had the same error but I got it to work.
    What I did:
    1) Start Xvfb from command line once: Xvfb :2
    2) Under Administrate Jenkins -> Configuration, point to the installed Xvfb binary.
    2) Then configure it in Jenkins using the same display (:2)
    3) Run Jenkins!
    4) After the first run, you can configure your job to use any display (blank) and it will work.

    Hope that helps!
    PS. I am using Debian Squeeze, but that should not be

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