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    Hey,

    I am relatively new to using Linux as my day to day. I use Putty from my machine (named host1) to ssh into an OpenSUSE box (named box1) and would like to have a gui to use. I am trying to issue xterm and am getting the following error:
    xterm Xt error: Can't open display:
    xterm: DISPLAY is not set
    I'm sure this is a newbie question but just wanted to check and see if I was missing something.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: xterm won't start

    Hello jeffreypry and welcome to the community!

    I use Putty from my machine (named host1) to ssh into an OpenSUSE box (named box1) and would like to have a gui to use. I am trying to issue xterm and am getting the following error:
    xterm Xt error: Can't open display:
    xterm: DISPLAY is not set
    I don't use Putty myself, but I use ssh a lot.
    When using ssh to connect to a computer you can't run graphical applications.
    It is only possible when you use "X forwarding".

    I don't use Putty myself but I searched for X forwarding in putty and came up with this link.
    I hope this link is helpful for you.

    Good luck!
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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: xterm won't start

    jeffreypry wrote:
    > ssh into an OpenSUSE box (named box1) and
    > would like to have a gui to use.


    -=welcome=-

    what do you wanna do on the openSUSE box? administer a server? if so
    check out WebMin http://www.webmin.com/ it is tailor made for folks
    wanting a GUI to do admin in..

    if you have other needs, speak up...because there are so many
    different ways to do what you may, or may not, need/want/have to do....

    --
    palladium

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    Default Re: xterm won't start

    Quote Originally Posted by jeffreypry View Post
    Hey,

    I am relatively new to using Linux as my day to day. I use Putty from my machine (named host1) to ssh into an OpenSUSE box (named box1) and would like to have a gui to use. I am trying to issue xterm and am getting the following error:


    I'm sure this is a newbie question but just wanted to check and see if I was missing something.

    Thanks!
    If you are running putty, then presumably you are on Windows (though I know there is a putty for Linux). Windows is not X-Windows so you won't be able to display Linux X applications on it. You can install an X server on Windows, search for Xming but there may be better ways to do what you want because Xming is a fairly large package to install on Windows.

    You could use VNC for remote admin. If you can use a ncurses interface, YaST supports that. Or you could admin using the CLI. It all depends on what you want to do.

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    Default Re: xterm won't start

    I like the GUI admin idea! As far as the screen, I was able to enable xforwarding, but my box that I am remoting in from is a Windows box. I don't think I can install X11 Server on my Windows XP box, can I?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: xterm won't start

    Hello jeffreypry,

    I don't think I can install X11 Server on my Windows XP box, can I?
    There's an application that allows you to run X under Windows.
    You can download it from here.
    More information can be found here.

    I found a guide that tells you step by step how you need to install and setup Putty and XMing. Here.

    I don't know if it works but it is worth a try.

    Good luck!
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