remote xwindows

Peter Gossner gossner at arcom.com.au
Mon Dec 2 13:57:00 CST 2002


On 02 Dec 2002 09:01:44 +1030
Matthew Geddes <mgeddes at tellurian.com.au> wrote:

> On Sun, 2002-12-01 at 03:39, David Sambell wrote:
> > Hi, I'm hoping someone can give me some clues for displaying a
> > remote desktop.
> > With something like exceed I can have remote access from a windows
> > box to a Unix box. How can I do same from Linux to Linux?
> > thanks.
> 
> As well as installing VNC (as many have suggested), this kind of
> functionality is built into The X Window System. If you have a machine
> with a display manager running (gdm, kdm or xdm) and it's configured
> to listen on a UDP socket (usually port 177), you can start your X
> Server(the part of X that's responsible for displaying stuff on the
> screen) like so:
> 
>   X -query 10.0.0.1
> 
> Where 10.0.0.1 is the machine that has the desktop you'd like to
> display. The advantage of this over VNC is that it's multi-user.
> 
> I use another cool X trick at home. I am running a few different
> versions of the following operating systems:
> 
>  Solaris
>  FreeBSD
>  NetBSD
>  OpenBSD
>  SCO (unixware and openserver)
>  Linux
> 
> As well as a few Windows boxen. When each of the (headless) UNIX
> machines boot, they start a display manager (the graphical login
> screeny thingo), which is configured to allow XDCMP queries (the X
> -query thing). I then have one of my machines accept indirect queries.
> This allows me to run the following command:
> 
>   X -indirect 10.0.0.1
> 
> On a NetBSD-pmax installation on a 20MHz DECStation. X starts, queries
> the machine 10.0.0.1, which broadcasts, looking to see which UNIX
> machines are running display managers and then gives my DECStation a
> list of machines to select from. I just click one and log in. Quite
> handy and quite usable over a 10Mb network (even over my
> Collision-Master 2000 hub).
> 
> Hope it helps,
> Matt
> 

Matt,
Just had to comment !
This sounds extremely cool !
well done mate.

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