Remote Desktop tool for FreeBSD

Michael S. Eubanks mse_software at
Thu Jul 19 07:13:09 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-07-18 at 09:17 -0300, Mario Augusto Mania wrote:
> 2007/7/18, Chad Perrin <perrin at>:
> > On Wed, Jul 18, 2007 at 11:06:01AM +0200, simon butsana wrote:
> > > Hi Garett,
> > >
> > >   I apologize if you saw that as an offense. I never intended to hijack anyone's thread, and you will probably notice that I changed the subject (although I missed to remove the email body).
> > >
> >
> > The key problem in this case seems to be that, rather than creating an
> > email from scratch with the freebsd-questions address as the recipient,
> > you hit "reply".  Emails actually kinda keep track of whether they're in
> > response to other emails, ane which emails those are.  Many of us use
> > mail clients that make use of that to enhance our ability to deal with
> > email efficiently, and when you hit "reply" when you're starting a whole
> > new discussion topic you end up with your email being slotted into a
> > "thread" dedicated to a different topic.  As such, you end up "hijacking
> > a thread".  Rule of thumb: Unless you're actually replying to something
> > someone else said, don't use the "reply" button in your email client.
> >
> > As for your question: read up on "X forwarding" with the "ssh" tool.  If
> > you need further help beyond that, *please* start a new thread and ask
> > there.  I'll try to keep an eye out for such a thread so I can reply if I
> > have some help to offer.
> >
> > --
> > CCD CopyWrite Chad Perrin [ ]
> > Baltasar Gracian: "A wise man gets more from his enemies than a fool from
> > his friends."

I've been following this thread because I was trying to set up XDMCP.  I
ended up getting the TightVNC/Gnome Remote Desktop to work properly, but
I would much rather have XDMCP.

So far, I log in as root, open a terminal, and use the gdmsetup process
to get the Gnome Login Window Preferences configuration dialog.  I then
click on the Remote tab and select "Same as Local" from the drop down
menu.  A button named "Configure XDMCP" should appear at the bottom of
the window.  When clicked, a bunch of miscellaneous options are shown,
but note the UDP port 177.  That should be open on the firewall along
with ports 6000 through 6005 (or something like that).  I simply used
the defaults.

Next, click on the Security tab at the top of the dialog window (after
closing the "Configure XDMCP" dialog).  I unchecked the "Deny TCP
connections to Xserver" (though I think this is not necessary).  Then,
click on the bottom button named "Configure X Server".  You need to have
at least one Xserver available for remote connections.  This is where I
get stuck.

Using Xming on Windows XP, I was able to connect to the Xserver and get
the grey root screen, but that is it.  Also, I am using GDM as a display
manager.  I have found no good HOWTO's yet, so help would be
appreciated.  The Help is fairly descriptive, but does not walk you
through the process.  Finally, the X manual pages describe how to setup
XDM, but so far I have not tried that approach.  Hopefully this is
helpful to the original poster of this thread.

-Michael S. Eubanks
 mse_software at

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