Any utils worth installing a GUI on a server for?

krad kraduk at
Thu Jun 25 07:48:56 UTC 2015

Do you do most of the admin via the local console? If not dont run an
xserver on the box itself. Sure have what ever X gui admin apps you want
need on the server, but just ssh in and tunnel the X server from your local
workstation. If you are windows based, something like mobaterm makes things
very easy. Remember the X server runs on the box that you sit at that has
the monitor connected to it, not the remote server. I common misconception

On 25 June 2015 at 04:18, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:

> On Wed, 24 Jun 2015, kpneal at wrote:
>  On Wed, Jun 24, 2015 at 07:38:08PM -0400, Quartz wrote:
>>> Traditionally I have always run fileservers headless, with any
>>> administration being done through ssh. However, I'm currently working
>>> with a system that's somewhat overpowered for its job and I'm
>>> considering throwing a window manager on there just to have access to
>>> more stuff. Are there any utilities out there that require or really
>>> benefit from a window manager that are worth installing one for? The
>>> system's main function is a sort of NAS that can have usb drives plugged
>>> directly into it, so I'm only really interested in stuff that would
>>> relate to that: for example disk partitioning/repair programs or fancy
>>> shells for messing with samba/nfs/zfs, etc.
>> Would you benefit from having multiple xterms open? You know, a couple
>> of command lines for your use, a couple for showing the status of the
>> machine, etc. All on screen at the same time.
> tmux can do that without X. :)  No, I don't use it that way, but it can
> split the screen into multiple consoles.
>  If you run just an X server plus twm plus xterms then I guarantee that
>> no user will ever notice.
> True, but there are some pretty big security implications with X.  If the
> utilities and X can be kept on a client machine, it makes things easier.
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