remote xwindows

David Sambell sambelld at
Mon Dec 2 21:39:33 CST 2002

I agree and it looks exactly what I was after.
I'm looking forward to trying this out and the other many good
suggestions people took the time to post.

    > 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
    > Where 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
    > On a NetBSD-pmax installation on a 20MHz DECStation. X starts, queries
    > the machine, 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
    Just had to comment !
    This sounds extremely cool !
    well done mate.

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