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Linux as X server for HP-UX

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Linux as X server for HP-UX

I wanted to display the CDE destop of a HP-UX server on my linux box display.

What I did is issue the command "X -query hpservername :1" on one of the virtual consoles.

However what happens is that I only get initial black screen and hourglass icon of the mouse curor. After that it just repeatedly just blanks out and shows the hourglass icon again. I even have to telnet into the linux box just to kill the X process since I cant even get a permanent non-balnking screen in the main gui screen of my linux box.

For connecting to a solaris box, its working perfectly fine.

Is there any configuration needed on my linux box or on the HP-server?
Kodjo Agbenu
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Re: Linux as X server for HP-UX


For me it works perfectly.
I guess your problem is linked to font server being used.

I would suggest you start the X font server on the HP-UX box as follows :

=> Edit /etc/rc.config.d/xfs and change the variable value from 0 to 1.

=> Type /sbin/init.d/xfs start to start the X font server.

Then tell your Linux X server to use the HP-UX machine's font server as follows :

X -query hpservername :1 -fn tcp/hpservername:7000

IMPORTANT REMARK : if you have an international keyboard, you may need the "AltGr" for certains characters (|, #, @, etc...). To be able to use the "AltGr" key, you must disable XKB extensions in the CDE startup files.
To do that, go to the HP-UX machine :

cd /etc/dt/config/Xsession.d

Create a new file (let's say "xkbdisable") with the following two lines :

export XKB_DISABLE=1

Set the permissions of this file as follows :

chown bin:bin /etc/dt/config/Xsession.d/xkbdisable
chmod 555 /etc/dt/config/Xsession.d/xkbdisable

To make sure that changes are effective, you have to logout from your CDE desktop (from Linux machine) and login again.

Good luck.

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dirk dierickx
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Re: Linux as X server for HP-UX

This is not directly related to your problem just a tip when using linux as an X terminal.

use 8bit color depth, if not some applications may look wierd or not start up at all.
Jochen Heuer
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Re: Linux as X server for HP-UX

Not directly related but you can run an X-Server inside your local X session with Xnest. There you can also have a different color depth and so on. Very nice!
Well, yeah ... I suppose there's no point in getting greedy, is there?