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Old 04-15-2008, 03:09 AM   #1
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Linux on VMware Xterm not working


I have Linux installed on VMware and am trying to install some software that needs to launch an xterm window , I am getting the following error when running xterm or xclock :-

error xterm XT error : Cant open display
xclock : error cant open display

Questions :-

1. How do i enable windows like functionality for the installer program to use on my Linux VMware server.
2. Do i need to putty/telnet to my Linux server first to use this windows like functionality or can i login from the server console in the VMWare console (I cant putty to the server at the moment, it says connection refused so would prefer to be able to use the server login).
2. What should I set the display to ??
3. Do I need some special software to run xterm or the windows emulater

Thanks for any help,

Old 04-15-2008, 07:03 AM   #2
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Make sure X11 is installed.

I assume you are not running a graphical windowing system like GNOME or KDE. The only time I see this problem when these are running is if I am root and I don't have a DISPLAY environment variable set.

You'll need to run an X server on another computer, and export your display to that machine. That way the installer and associated programs that it launches has a screen to use.

See this thread as it relates to your problem.

I also wonder what distro you are running?

Last edited by Jay_Drummond; 04-15-2008 at 05:16 PM.
Old 04-15-2008, 07:35 AM   #3
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