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Old 03-19-2006, 01:03 AM   #1
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minimal x windows install for ssh forwarding

good day.

I want to install the bare minimum of x to be able run certasin x windows programs on a remote system through x11 ssh forwarding. I do not need ot be able to run a desktop enviorment itself on the machine. I myslef am using centos 4.2. What packages are needed for the minimal?

Old 03-19-2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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I don't know much about CentOS; but a package search turns up maybe "xorg-x11" and stuff? You probably also need a basic window manager like twm. Also, you don't have to run X all the time; just do "startx" when you need to.

(X is network transparent, there is no difference between local and remote programs. So your question is just about running X programs in general.)
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If you will be running the x programs remotely through an ssh tunnel, you don't need a window manager on the remote system. The programs send the x windows traffic to the box where you are, and your local x-windows server is what produces the display. The terminal is acting as a server for the program which is the client. So installing x-windows alone is all you need to do.


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