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Since JMRI 4.15.2 you can run VSD in a so called "headless" mode,
i.e. running JMRI (and VSD) without a graphical user interface.
VSD headless is tested to work with JMRI webThrottle.
Please follow these setup steps for the "headless" mode:
details how to do this configuration.
Alternatively or additionally you can activate the VSD Preference option "Auto Start Engine". Though, I recommend to use the "engine-startstop" option.
The number of VSDecoders is limited to 4.
Launch PanelPro >> Roster >> Roster to add the Roster Entries.
You can use Settings >> Roster Group Table Association to achieve this.
Then close the "Roster: All Entries" window to get back to PanelPro.
Please check the path to the folder of your VSD files in VSDecoder Preferences, before you start!
Navigate to Tools->Virtual Sound Decoder->VSDecoder Manager
It's recommended to check the path and the profile name and (as may be the case) label
the function key for Start/Stop.
To do this navigate to Roster >> Roster >> select a Roster entry >> click the "Labels & Media" button.
Make your changes in the "Function Labels" tab and check the data in the "Roster Media" tab.
In PanelPro navigate to Edit >> Preferences >> Start Up
Add >> Perform Action >> select "Start Virtual Sound Decoder Manager"
Note: Do not add the Action "Open JMRI System Console"!
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no"?> <!DOCTYPE properties SYSTEM "http://java.sun.com/dtd/properties.dtd"> <properties> <comment>Active profile configuration (saved at Wed Jan 09 09:05:26 CET 2019)</comment> <entry key="autoStart">true</entry> <entry key="autoStartTimeout">10</entry> <entry key="activeProfile">x.yyyyyyyy</entry> </properties>
Replace the profile.id "x.yyyyyyyy" with the correct one (see profile/profile.properties in your headless Profile).
Store the new file to your "Settings Location" (JMRI folder).
The following was tested under Windows 10.
If you are using "Apache Ant" you can enter "ant jmrifaceless". To quit the headless mode do Ctrl+c.
For Windows you can use "C:\Program Files (x86)\JMRI\LaunchJMRI.exe" /profile
To end the headless mode I use a throttle function key to trigger a Jython script with the line "jmri.InstanceManager.getDefault(jmri.ShutDownManager).shutdown()".
See ThrottleSound.py as a starting point to create such a script. Don't forget to include the script to your JMRI Preferences Start Up.
For further explanations how to use web access please see JMRI Web Access.