How to use X without installing X?

Daniel S. Haischt me at
Thu Jan 13 11:15:16 PST 2005

simply try to export/set the DISPLAY variable before
installing any additional software.

setenv DISPLAY
Your actual X-Server -´

If you are using a bourn shell you need to use export
instead of setenv.

Richard Morse schrieb:
> Hi!  I have a FreeBSD 5 STABLE computer which is acting as a server.  
> Because it doesn't need it, I don't want to install all of X -- my goal 
> is that there shouldn't be anything that I can't do over ssh from a 
> command-line.
> Unfortunately, Oracle doesn't agree with me.
> I need to install the Oracle client software on this computer -- it 
> won't actually be an Oracle server, but does need to be able to connect 
> to various other servers (mostly from PHP and DBD::Oracle).
> Apparently, in order to run the installer for 9i, it needs X.  But, I 
> figure it shouldn't need all of X, because I intend to connect via `ssh 
> -X` from a different computer which is running X to actualy do the 
> display.  However, even once I've installed 'x11/xorg-libraries', when I 
> `ssh -X` to the box $DISPLAY is not set.
> What is the minimum that I need to install to make this work?
> Thanks,
> Ricky Morse
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Mit freundlichen Gruessen / With kind regards
Daniel S. Haischt

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