Running X without a videocard

Pieter de Goeje pieter at
Wed Nov 19 01:57:40 PST 2008

On Wednesday 19 November 2008, Gary Hartl wrote:
> Whoa this is way beyond me I think...can you direct me to a howto or the
> like.
> X11 over SSH good lord....i'm out of touch with *NIX..
> Am i to understand that i could run a pretty nice (not gnome or kde) but
> one of the less intense interfaces over ssh (this is on an internal network
> so connection speed isn't an issue.
> 6 years, and I have admin alzheimers'
> Thanks

X11 over ssh is as simple as:

workstation-with-X> ssh -Y <headlessbox>
headlessbox> xterm

Or even shorter:
ssh -Y <headlessbox> xterm

To enable X11 over SSH you need to at least have xauth installed on the 
headless box (and ofcourse the X program you're trying to run, in my example 

Pieter de Goeje

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