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I have an automated process that ssh's into a remote box, runs a program that needs a GUI, I gather the output the program creates in a text file and exit the ssh session. This works great using Hummingbird Exceed on my local box and exporting the DISPLAY env variable on the remote box to my local IP address.
I really don't want to have to depend on Hummingbird Exceed or someother workaround like "ssh -X". Is there a way to spoof the $DISPLAY environment variable to make the Linux box think there is a display there so I can run GUI programs. Sounds odd but the GUI program I run actually shows on the screen the status of a telecom board I have installed and then exits automatically. It also creates the output in a text file which is really what I am after.
What if you set DISPLAY=:0.0? Essentially that's what the console would have. I just did it on one of my servers and ran xterm. The xterm process is still there even though I don't have X running on the console itself so it didn't do anything to the console.
Oops - Wasn't going to the machine I thought I was. The machine in question did have X Windows running on the console.
Last edited by MensaWater; 12-21-2006 at 02:03 PM.