Running X without a videocard

Gary Hartl ghartl at
Wed Nov 19 07:10:35 PST 2008

-----Original Message-----
From: Wojciech Puchar [mailto:wojtek at] 
Sent: November-19-08 5:28 AM
To: Gary Hartl
Cc: FreeBSD Questions
Subject: Re: Running X without a videocard

> I am running FBSD-stable 6.0 on some Sun Netra X1's so it is sparc64.
> There is no video card on these puppies.  But I seem to recall that we ran
> solaris X using WinAXE or VNC or something like that
for fast network (LAN)

telnet/rlogin (better not ssh)

export DISPLAY=IP-of-your-display:0
then start X apps

when i do this:
export DISPLAY=

first it tells me that export can't befound, I guess that is because it is a
built it.
So I added to my .profile the following 
      export DISPLAY
Logged out and logged back in.
Alas no display variable
When i run xterm it tells me that there is not display variable.

Anyone with suggestions


make sure to allow on your local display connecting X program -
man xhost

for lower speed connection

ssh -C -X yournetra

then run X apps

for lowest speed connection run VNC.

if your local display run windoze you probably have only the last choice.

i don't know if they are working X11 servers for windows.

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