Framebuffer shell through ssh on Debian?

September 25, 2015 2.8k views
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I run a Debian 8.0 x64 stock install on the cheapest plan and would like to run my shell in the framebuffer mode and forward that through ssh (so I can draw arbitrary graphics :>)

Unfortunately /dev/fb0 (or fbn for that matter) doesn’t exist. How can I fix this?
Alternatively, I’m also fine with other solutions as long as I can draw arbitrary pixels to the (ssh tunneled) screen.

Help really appreciated,

1 Answer


A framebuffer device is present when there is a graphics device or hardware, which a droplet doesn’t have.

If you can go into more detail what you are trying to do, there might be another solution. If you are trying to draw to a screen, there isn’t one for a droplet, so it’s not really something you would be able to do. Although with the limited detail here I don’t want to make an assumption.

It’s important to remember when asking for help that we rely on you for information. So providing as much detail as you can, goes a long way in us being able to assist you.

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