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Why does the X Window System use a server?

I never really understood why a window system must have a server. Why do desktop environments, display managers and window managers need xorg-server? Is it only to have a layer of abstraction on top ...
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Is there a command to list all open displays on a machine?

When SSH'd locally into my computer (don't ask, it's a workaround), I can't start graphical applications without running: export DISPLAY=:0.0 If I run this first and then run a graphical ...
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Why need drivers for both x server and the linux kernel?

Can someone explain why two sets of drivers are needed, one in the Linux kernel and one in X? I understand that the device drivers are in the kernel, but what is the role of those in the xserver? ...
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How does X-server calculate DPI?

From Xfce Docs: In case you want to override the DPI (dots per inch) value calculated by the X-server, you can select the checkbox and use the spin box to specify the resolution to use when ...
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How to remap a key combination to a key?

Is it possible to remap a key combination to a key in X server based system, so that for example if I press End + Arrow_up, keycode for Home is generated? Google seems to be silent on this issue. It ...
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What is the max number of x-clients?

I am developing an x-server implementation, and I want to make it as similar to the current one as possible. I read through the documentation, but I couldn't find anything specific. In particular, ...
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Real chroot on a systemd machine

I'm trying to get used to systemd, because it seems to be the way that Debian is going. I want to run Xorg in a chroot on hardware, rather than using networking (which seems to be the canonical way ...
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vim stops sending text to * (X11) register?

I recently started using VcXsrv with the hope of being able to grab text from vim (console mode) to the Windows clipboard via X11 forwarding (and the * register). It works...to an extent. As soon as I ...
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Is it possible to use xsetroot and dwm to set the top and bottom bars at different time intervals?

I'm using dwm with the dualstatus patch. This adds a status bar on the bottom of the screen, in addition to the standard bar at the top. The text in each bar is set in ~/.xinitrc (for example) like ...
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Why .Xauthority needs not to be owned by the root account in order to get past login?

I've just got the same problem from here, and solved it using what was stated in the first answer (akonsu's one). However, I would love to know why ~/.Xauthority needs not to be owned by the root ...
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Screenshots from multiple Xservers

I want to take screenshots simultaneously from multiple X servers on one desktop PC. I have multiple users logged in different terminals (tty1, tty2, tty3, tty4) who start multiple Xservers with ...
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How to determine if X server runs with root privileges

This is a one-liner: Is there a way/command to check if the X server is run as root or as user? This was supposed to be a one-liner but alas... I recently upgraded my Arch Linux box. After the ...
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Can one disable tap-to-click in X server configuration without “InputClass” sections?

I want to configure my system so that tap-to-click is disabled on the touchpad. (It's running a rather old version of ALTLinux distro with xorg-server-1.4.2-alt10.M41.1.) I'm interested in a solution ...
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How do I screencap another Xorg display?

I started another x session from my current one like so: xinit xterm -- :128 An x session starts in display :128, xterm gets run in it and everything is fine. I switched back to screen :0 (the ...
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NVIDIA driver upgrade failed

I downloaded the latest(331.49), tried to install, but failed. I compiled the kernel module and at the end of the installation it said that it went successful. But on bootup it said: version mismatch, ...
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Unable to host a server with Xpra, only connect to an existing one

I've downloaded and installed Xpra from their distribution hosted on winswitch. However, when I try to run it on my server I'm getting: This xpra install does not support starting local servers. ...
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On Solaris 7 Box trying to get X Record Extension Library to work using x11vnc

Does Xsun support this extension? Im on a Solaris Sparc Ultra 2 SunOs 5.7. x11vnc version: 0.9.9
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How to prevent killing the X server with CTRL+C using bash traps?

On my Debian Wheezy system, I used to start my X session with the startx command. My .xinitrc file is: exec /usr/bin/awesome --config /home/cscs/.config/awesome/rc.lua >> ...
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stop Xserver in Xubuntu 11

I want to shutdown my X to be able to install proprietary NVidia driver, but I couldn't find out how. There are some suggestions that didn't work for me. I neither have /etc/init.d/gdm nor ...
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Maintain Xserver applications running even after closing the remote conecction

We have a Ubuntu server (mainly a compute server), which does not have X-server installed on it. One can use something like Byobu or Screen to have programs running on the server even after the SSH ...
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Can one disable tap-to-click in X server configuration, without synclient?

I want to configure my system so that tap-to-click is disabled on the touchpad. (It's running a rather old version of ALTLinux distro with xorg-server-1.4.2-alt10.M41.1.) The most popular advice I ...
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How to attach to remote machine's local display session over ssh?

Scenario: Linux mint is running on a machine at my home. I have some gui applications open on it. I'm away from home but want to get at the open applications. I have cygwin/x and I know how to ssh ...
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Arch modules not loading on start?

I keep getting errors on startup in Arch relating to my rc.conf: failed to load module "wl" failed to load module "lib80211" etc. It lists all the modules in my /etc/rc.conf This is my full ...
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Lost mouse pointer in XServer

Have tried many windows managers including TWM, xfce and Gnome, but my mouse pointer is gone. It is invisible, but it performs all the actions. If I do the right click the context menu opens and this ...
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minimal X.org xserver installation on Debian Wheezy

I installed Debian Wheezy with no desktop environment as I would like to use lightweight dwm window manager instead. However, as a first step, I need to install xserver. I would like to install ...
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How to Cygwin Xwin -query an Ubuntu 11.10 Xserver?

I am running Cygwin 1.7 on Win7 Pro x64, and I can query my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS server just fine. XWin.exe -clipboard -once -rootless -nodecoration -notrayicon -query $IP_ADDRESS I recently installed ...
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How do I monitor display :1 while I'm using display :0?

I am running X on two displays. :0 is my primary display but I also have some programs running on :1. Is there any GUI application that will let me monitor display :1 in a window that sits on display ...
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Installing KVM on CentOS 6.4 without GUI (yet)

I've installed CentOS 6.4 from the 'minimal' iso, so it doesn't come with a GUI. Will this question's answer allow me to install KVM, or do I need to install KDE or X-server or something first?
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Authenticating with x11vnc: what's the difference between -auth and -rfbauth?

I'm on xubuntu 11.10 trying to setup x11vnc server. I followed instructions here and I can connect to VNC server - but it never asks me for password! Is there a difference between these 2 options: ...
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What is “access control” with X Server?

What is an access control restriction with an X Server? There is the -ac option that "disable access control restrictions" with e.g. Xephyr. I saw some example using that option, but I have no idea ...
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How to close all apps before X-server goes down?

I'm using debian testing OS and openbox WM. Moreover, I start X-server via the .xinitrc file, which has the following content: xrdb /home/morfik/.Xresources exec ck-launch-session dbus-launch ...
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Simple LiveCD running only Xorg Server

I have a netbook without HDD, I think it could be useful for monitoring logs. Do someone know about a light LiveCD, running only a Xserver?
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what does Xserver access control mean

What meaning does Xserver access control have, when the Xserver is started with tcp disabled: /usr/bin/X11/X -nolisten tcp AFAIU, Xserver can be used to allow remote network connection. But, if it ...
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Startx Segmentation fault error after installing VirtualGuest Additions for Virtualbox

I have been using my backtrack version 5 on the Virtualbox for some time now but I had a resolution problem and after searching found out I better install VirtualGuest additions. However after ...
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So the design of client-server separation is not the bottleneck of X Window?

In the answer of this, it mentioned: People also hear that X uses the "network" and think this is going to be a performance bottleneck. "Network" here means local UNIX domain socket, which has ...
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Xorg and Xserver not starting up after hibernate

I'm currently running Mint 14 on this computer, but it also previously happened with Fedora 16 so I'm guessing it's a general problem with my drivers. The display will not start up after the laptop ...
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Restarting X in CentOS 5

I went to a CentOS terminal, and someone was logged in doing work. I hit Ctrl+Alt+F2 to try to get to my own session so I could check something. When I hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get back, X did not come back ...
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How to use all buttons of SteelSeries Cataclysm MMO Gaming Mouse in Xorg (GNOME)?

I've a problem with my mouse on Gentoo. The normal buttons (left/right/wheel and previous/next) work, but the other buttons are not recognized by x. I tried in xev and using them does not do anything. ...
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Starting Qt Application On Startup for Embedded Linux

I'm trying to get a Qt application to launch immediately after booting up. When booted, the Linux image does nothing more than launch an X server and a terminal. It also has the cron daemon running in ...
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pipe Windows windows to Xserver on my linux host

Is it possible to pipe a native graphical Windows application to Xserver? I would like to run a virtual machine on my Linux host and access the application directly. (Something like the seamless ...
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How to use ARM as LTSP server? [closed]

Arm has a limited support for server packages on Linux but is it possible to use ARM board i.e Raspberry Pi or Banana Pi(it uses Armhf instruction set rather than dated Armv6 used by raspberry pi) as ...
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How to let a daemon prompt for a password (in Xsession, keyloggersafe)?

Exposition: Working inside an XSession. Some (background) deamon needs to prompt me for password input. How can I make the daemon to prompt me for a password using a popup in the Xsession? ...
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Get report of the gui application processes

I want to list main applications processes report in this format ps -e -o pid,comm,pmem,pcpu,uname To filter main GUI applications wmctrl -pl is the only way I can get processes ids.its great if ...
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Will I utilize graphics hardware if I run X on the server?

Will I utilize graphics hardware if I run X on the server? If not, then what is it there for? E.g. Dell PowerEdge R210 II has integrated Matrox G200eW with 8MB memory on board, and some of the ...
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Debian Squeeze: hide xorg start messages

I have setup up my box so that it I automatically login as root via the command line interface. in bash.bashrc I have these commands: startx ./run.sh in the command line. Right before it starts the ...
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Access X-window and sound on laptop on another Unix

I read up a lot about forwarding x-server onto remote machines, but I feel like I'm too dumb to get it to work. Let me first explain my goal: I have a Rasberry Pi running archarm hooked up to a TV. ...
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Configuration for either detecting already running xsession or only auto-logging in once

My goal is an Arch based HTPC which on one tty runs XBMC and on another runs a minimalistic desktop (mainly for web browsing). I haven't yet started on the XBMC slice of the pie, but at the moment it ...
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X server started by kdm dies during startup because of keymap couldn't be loaded

I upgraded an OpenSUSE from 11.1 to 13.1, but after the upgrade, the X server refuses to start. If I execute kdm, the X server complains in /var/log/Xorg.0.log file that: (EE) Error compiling keymap ...
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How to change the default TTY after boot?

Normally when system starts you have all output printed on the TTY1, and that's ok, but I start X-server via startx and achieve this by the following lines in the ~/.profile file : if [[ $(tty) = ...
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Debian: Screen stays black occasionally during boot with Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3

I'm running Debian Wheezy on a Asus P8Z68-V Pro/Gen3 mainboard. My graphics card is a Radeon 6850, I'm using the Open Source radeon drivers (xserver-xorg-video-radeon). During boot, my screen ...