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Thread: Export remote X to local dedicated virtual terminal (VT)

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    Default Export remote X to local dedicated virtual terminal (VT)

    I know I saw it some where on here before but I can't seem to find it again. And yes, I've googled it.

    I have a "remote" server and I want to have it's X exported to my "local" laptop. Preferably, it gets done automatically from boot. I know that virtual terminals 1-6 are all text terminals and 7 is the local X. How can I get my laptop to automatically create a virtual terminal on 12 that's dedicated to receiving the X display from the server?

    I know how to get it over SSH/putty. And also how to stop the local and restart the X client on 7 to use the remote. But one of the beauties of Linux is the automation and multi-user environment. It's essentially going to act as a KVM with gui replacement over IP.
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    Default Re: Export remote X to local dedicated virtual terminal (VT)

    You would have to run an additional X server displaying on vt12 and run xdcmp on the remote server (which isn't really secure, but ok on your own LAN). Otherwise a tunnelled X over ssh should do it for really remote servers. It's a bit like setting up a thin client so that might help.

    I once wrote a upstart script to start an xdcmp chooser on vt8 on an Ubuntu laptop automatically. It really isn't suitable for you, but might give you some ideas.

    description     "Remote X login"
    author          "Ken Yap"
    start on gdm-started and net-device-up IFACE=eth0
    stop on runlevel [016]
        if [ -r /etc/default/locale ]; then
            . /etc/default/locale
            export LANG LANGUAGE
        elif [ -r /etc/environment ]; then
            . /etc/environment
            export LANG LANGUAGE
        exec X :1 -audit 0 -auth /var/lib/gdm/:1.Xauth -terminate -query myserver vt8
    end script

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