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Old 05-25-2009, 06:30 AM   #1
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Question Remote control an X application - just occasionally


newbie here, so far this linux world seems too good to be true - until now... please help

I have an ubuntu server that I want to control from remote, from ubuntu desktop or XP.

Occasionally I need to run an application on that server that has a X-based GUI. I managed to launch it via

ssh -X

using X11 forwarding. The app is running on the server, and its UI shows on the desktop.

However if I turn off/restart the remote machine, the app terminates. As it takes a long time, I would like to be able to:

= launch it from remote when needed, giving its GUI some parameters:
= leave it running even if the remote machine disconnected:
= reconnect again and have a look at its GUI, perhaps from another computer/operating system

Asking too much here ? ....

Old 05-25-2009, 06:41 AM   #2
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Asking too much here ? ....

You need to start a vncserver on your ubuntu machine.

On my server I put this line in /etc/rc.local just before the final exit 0
su - tred -c " cd /home/tred && vncserver :1 -geometry 1024x768 -depth 24"
This is run as root at boot time. It starts a vncserver on display :2 as my username (tred)

It runs all the time.

I can connect to it from my lan with

vncviewer servername:2
vncviewer IP.OF.MY.SERVER:2
When I close that vncviewer window the server is left running, and I can reconnect at any time, with my remote desktop exactly as I left it. It's very useful.

vncviewer is also available for the windows platform.

On my 'buntu box, I have the following installed:

Old 05-25-2009, 08:16 AM   #3
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Thanks much ! Exactly what I was hoping for ... this linux world is a giant candy store for free


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