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Old 12-31-2004, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question Running Multiple X Sessions in Fedora Core 3?

Until recently I have used Fedora Core 2 + KDE on various machines in the house. This, very conveniently, allowed me to use the "Start New Session" menu option of KDE to have multiple open sessions connected to various machines and accessible via ctrl-al-f7,8 aetc.

Have recently shifted to Fedora Core 3 + Gnome and am having a heck of a time replicating this functionality.

1) I can log on to and use the other machines via XDMCP at login time - but this is a hassle

2) I have tried X :2 -query remotehostname. This actually works and allows me to log on to the remote machine - but if I switch back to my original session with ctrl-alt-f7 and then attempt to return to the new session with ctrl-alt-f8 - all I have is a blank screen.

Any guidance would be appreciated.


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Old 12-31-2004, 02:37 PM   #2
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In gnome, you need to be running GDM as your login manager. If this is the case then there should be a menu item under system tools call "new login in a nested window". I think this may be whet you are looking for. At least as far as multiple sessions on one machine is concerned. Some additional configuration and the use of GDM on other boxes may be required for use over the network.
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Thanks, but..

Not exactly what I'm looking for (though this is a cool tool).

I'm looking for the ability to open multiple complete full screen sessions to various servers and use ctrl-alt-fx to switch between them.

Again, any help would be appreciated.

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Ah, I understand what you are trying to do.

I have done this (multiple X sessions on each tty) by doing what is in this link.

But this was only on the local machine.

As far as making each tty on the client run an X session from a seperate host - I have not tried this, however this link may be of additional help.

You'll have to issue a command on the server allowing X to be exported to the client. I have done this from within a local X session (i.e. graphical display of YaST2 on my client using the server's X). Generally though I use the command line and ncurses display in a terminal to admin my server.

Knoppix - rarely use it - has some application in KDE that configures and performs this function I think, but I forgot the name - I fire it up later and see what it is. I never got so far as to configure it.

This looks like an intresting thing to play with. What were you doing/using in KDE to accomplish this?

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If the servers are configured correctly, and running a login manager, you can start X remotely like this:

startx -- -query :1

if you want a 3rd one you can use :2 instead of :1, and a 4th with :3, etc

If it works you get an X session with whatever login manager is running on the remote machine, and you can use that to log in.


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