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Old 11-17-2003, 04:11 AM   #1
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Remote X-Windows

I have a redhat linux box acting as my internet router for a small windows network.

I play around/manage/fiddle/use this box and it's programs using putty(ssh) and exceed.

Is there any way to load up xwin completely through the network.

Basically using the monitor on my networked computer to view the linux machine as a monitor plugged directly into the back would.

This is what happens one the startx command in putty with exceed running.

[root@localhost ]# startx
Using authority file /root/.xauthC2iwDB
Writing authority file /root/.xauthC2iwDB
Using authority file /root/.xauthC2iwDB
Writing authority file /root/.xauthC2iwDB

Fatal server error:
Server is already active for display 0
If this server is no longer running, remove /tmp/.X0-lock
and start again.

When reporting a problem related to a server crash, please send
the full server output, not just the last messages.
Please report problems to

Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: Invalid MIT-MAGIC-COOKIE-1 key
giving up.
xinit: unable to connect to X server
xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error.
[root@localhost ]#

I hope I have explained myself fully.
Old 11-17-2003, 04:30 AM   #2
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startx is used to start an X Server, which you already have running on your windows box(Exceed). You also probably already have an X session running on display :0, you can actually start the xserver anyway with startx -- :1, but all this does is starting another X server on the local display of your linux box, so its no good.
you actually just have to type "startkde" or "gnome-session" etc directly to start the window manager.
But I recommend running a VNC server on the linux box instead, in fact VNC is designed for what you're trying to achieve.
Old 11-17-2003, 08:56 AM   #3
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