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Old 02-11-2013, 03:45 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cant seem to get xterm to work on my server

I'm trying to get xterm to work on my newly initialized RHEL 6.3 server. I used yum to install the following:

yum -y groupinstall "X Window System" "Desktop" "Fonts" "General Purpose Desktop"

They all installed without error. I did a "yum grouplist" to confirm that they all were installed.

When I attempt to run "startx" to start xterm, I get the following errors:
[root@ip-10-226-85-248 /]# startx
xauth: creating new authority file /root/.serverauth.16968

X.Org X Server 1.10.6
Release Date: 2012-02-10
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: x86-007 2.6.18-308.1.1.el5
Current Operating System: Linux ip-10-226-85-248 2.6.32-276.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue May 29 17:38:19 EDT 2012 x86_64
Kernel command line: ro root=LABEL=_/
Build Date: 28 March 2012 03:02:14PM
Build ID: xorg-x11-server 1.10.6-1.el6
Current version of pixman: 0.18.4
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to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Mon Feb 11 15:20:52 2013
(==) Using default built-in configuration (21 lines)
(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such device
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

Please consult the Red Hat, Inc. support
for help.
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.

giving up.
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
[root@ip-10-226-85-248 /]#
Can anyone please tell me what I'm doing wrong? I was a UNIX admin years ago, but I have very little experience with Linux and xterm operations. Any tutorial or simple explanation link would be much appreciated.

PS- I am SSHing into the server from a MacBook Pro, using the provided terminal program.

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Old 02-11-2013, 04:10 PM   #2
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First off, startx launches the X server, not xterm (which is a terminal emulator).

If you want to start an X session on a server which you're SSHing into, you'll need to enable X forwarding: read the guide at (ignore the installation section, as it's gentoo-specific).

It's more normal to administer a server from a command-line in most circumstances.


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