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Old 09-26-2007, 12:45 PM   #1
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Running an X server on an intermittently available 'client' machine?

Hi all,

I have used X windows apps in the past and always used used the DISPLAY environment variable to indicate the x server the application should connect to when it starts.

However I would like to be able to leave a gui application running continuously and intermittently connect to it and use from another machine running an X server. Specifically I want to run Azureus on a mandrake box and use the X server on mac os X laptop to occaisonly fiddle with it (the laptop is not even present on the network most of the time).

I am currently using VNC to view the entire desktop of a windoze box with the mac lappy, but really its not satisfactory. And much prefer to replace windows with mandrake.

Does anyone have any idea, how I might go about doing this? Just give me a nudge in the right direction please.

Thanks in anticipation,

Old 09-27-2007, 01:45 AM   #2
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There is a really sweet application called "screen" which lets you launch an application on a remote computer and see its screen. You can log out w/o killing the application.
You can log back in and pick up the screen again.

Screen is actually text and text menus (something called "libcurses") in Linux.
If your app can run in text mode (never mind X) you can do this.


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