anybody onlist know about KVM stuff?

Roland Smith rsmith at
Sun Aug 22 08:34:49 UTC 2010

On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 04:13:17PM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 21, 2010 at 06:37:36AM -0500, Depo Catcher wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > On 8/20/2010 7:07 PM, Gary Kline wrote:
> > >On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 06:45:11PM -0500, Adam Vande More wrote:
> > >>On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 4:38 PM, Gary Kline<kline at>  wrote:
> > >>
> > >>>of my three tower cases still linked by wires so i can "click-over"
> > >>>to each and use my one screen and keyboard, my server
> > >>>[ethic|] has a bad wire to my keyboard.  so i really
> > >>>cannot do much on ethic.
> > >>>
> > >>>i've crawled down under 8 or 9 times and messed with various wires.
> > >>>that was extremely hard as fruitless.  (things were|everything WAS)
> > >>>working fine until i added my battery backup.  the guy who helped me
> > >>>with that 700-pound beast must have gotten something mixed up.  because
> > >>>of his age (70's) and fraility i don't want to ask him to crawl around
> > >>>under there (&c).  the two boxes that are working are impossible for me
> > >>>to pull out and look at.  hopefully there are a couple freebsd types
> > >>>who rely on kvm wires to do serious work and can give me some clues.
> > >>>
> > >>/usr/ports/sysutils/synergy
> > >>
> > >
> > >	this looks very interesting, thank you.  the catch is that it
> > >	depends on X.  i don't have X installed on the server. .....
> > >
> > 
> > ssh?
> > 
> 	sure.  for simple things.  but i need to get X going to get my UPS 
> 	set up.   also, to properly upgrade things.  i was upgrading via
> 	ssh and something broke.  it took an hour of messing around to get
> 	ethic back up, fsck'd , and mail working.

You just said two things that seem to contradict each other. You said you need
to get X going to get the UPS set up, but earlier you said you don't have X
installed on the server?

Why would you need X to "properly upgrade things?" The upgrading of both the
OS and ports works primarily with command-line tools. Do you realize that you can
make more than one ssh connection to a server in case you want e.g. one shell
to make run programs in and another to keep an eye on things.

If you don't have X set up on the server, you should use ssh (or telnet if you
have a trusted network). If you do have X set up on the server, you can use
the net/vnc port to view the server's X11 screen on another machine. And ssh
can also do X forwarding.

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