VNC without X?
Thu Nov 28 08:42:00 2002
> -----Original Message-----
> From: M G [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> My intent was to run an X server on the remote host, and
> encapsulate its
> state using VNC. The end goal is to connect to the host from a local
> "workstation" and continue working where I last left off.
This asks for one of http://xf4vnc.sourceforge.net/ or
http://www.hexonet.de/software/x0rfbserver/. The first one requires XFree86
> I've done this many times before, but never with a remote
> host that has no X
> software installed. The VNC+X Server, Xvnc, relies on things
> like Xserver,
> xauth and xlib, which arn't installed. I'm trying to find a
> workaround for this.
`vncserver` is a script that relies on some X11 apps like xauth and such. In
the end, it just starts Xvnc with a couple of options. You can skip the
xauth part, then add the -ac option to the Xvnc call to totally disable the
X11 access control.
Then there is the ~/.vnc/xstartup script that starts some X11 apps. you can
edit it to your wishes. You will like a window manager in there (by default
twm), an xterm can be handsome for a start. other parts can savely be
> The remote host in question is a Red Hat Linux machine. I do
> not have root
> privileges on it, so I cannot install the particular RPMs or
> software in
> /usr/local, etc. I have no physical access to the machine, so
> using a frame
> buffer is out of the question as well.
best thing you can do is convince the sysadmin to setup as on
http://www.sourcecodecorner.com/articles/vnc/linux.asp No need for you to do
any configuration, just login and off you go.
> I only have shell access and a home directory. Is it possible
> to find the
> appropriate binaries (things like xauth, xterm, ..) and
> libraries (xlib, ..)
> and fonts and put them in a directory in my home directory, and set
> appropriate environment variables for X programs to see these
> files? If
> possible, is this practical? Are there alternatives?
Possible: yes, practical? don't know. it will take a lot of space. There
will be a reason why there is no X11 installed. If the reason is space,
security an so, bad luck. if the reason is there-is-no-graphical-console,
show them vnc.
> Thank you for reading, I hope to hear from you soon.
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