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I need to be able to run firefox on a console-only debian system, and I want to run it using xvfb.

The command I have been using to run it on my regular debian system is:

$ xvfb-run firefox &

But on my livecd, after running this command it exits almost immediately and I don't see xvfb running when I do:

$ ps -ef | grep -i 'xvfb'

Are there some special packages I need to include on my livecd other than gtk2.0-0, atk1.0-0 and xvfb?

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Try adding the -e flag to xvfb-run so you can see what is going wrong:

xvfb-run -e /tmp/xvfb-errors.txt firefox &

Now this may show you some error messages:

cat /tmp/xvfb-errors.txt
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