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Old 05-10-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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Question Starting gdm on multiple virtual desktops


I am wondering how easy it is to configure my Linux (CentOS 4.4) box so gdm will start on the first virtual console as well as the standard display (:0)?

The reason I want to do it is because I have another Linux machine, on the network, that I'd like to access remotely via XDMCP without logging out from my main session. That way, I'll be able to switch betweem my local desktop and the other computer freely.

Any help would be appreciated.

Old 05-12-2007, 12:52 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about the first virtual console, but you could probably get :1 to work fairly easily. Just note that only one X session can be hardware-accelerated under most conditions. I would also possibly consider using Xnest to have one session within another.

Your gdm init script should be modifiable to start a second session. Unfortunately, since I don't use CentOS, I can't tell you the exact changes you would need.
Old 05-12-2007, 02:14 PM   #3
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Try "gdmfflexiserver" in a consol terminal, maybe that's what you're looking for!
Let me know in any case.
Old 05-12-2007, 05:49 PM   #4
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I would recommend using ssl to control the other machine. You can do this by CTRL+ALT+F1, log in, and type:

ssl <IP of other machine>

You need to have ssl installed on both. This allows you to log in as root, do whatever you want, and logout, easily. Starting a remote x session is pretty much a no brainer:


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