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Old 12-31-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Control local X session from remote computer

This may seem a bit odd... I have a slack 64 13.1 box, that I want to be able to control the monitor of from my laptop. Here's the scenario: I can already control the music remotely via X forwarding banshee to my laptop (banshee shows up on the laptop and music comes out on the desktop). Now I want to be able to open a movie on the desktop's display via the laptop.

Now googling this comes up with solutions for X forwarding, but I don't want it to forward X I want it to display on the desktop. Any thoughts?
Old 12-31-2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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Do you want a solution like x11vnc?
Old 12-31-2010, 04:15 PM   #3
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Take a look at "synergy"

You'll find a Slackbuild at SBo
Old 01-01-2011, 04:02 AM   #4
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Could you not just ssh into the box and use mplayer it should then just start playing the movie providing X is running on the desktop box, or do i have it the wrong way around?

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Old 09-02-2012, 05:32 AM   #5
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Did you ever find a solution for this? I'm also interested in this
Old 09-02-2012, 05:51 AM   #6
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Something like this?

DISPLAY=:0 appname
Old 09-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #7
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If you run KDE there is "krfb". You can connect to that with vnc for example.
For watching movies the best is probably to stream it with vlc or just pipe
the movie over netcat (google "mplayer netcat" for examples)
Old 09-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #8
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As SavoTU indicated originally, this is easily accomplished with ssh and mplayer; simply ssh to the desktop, issue the cmd 'export DISPLAY:0' (assuming the desktop's display is 0), then run mplayer....



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