The X window system (commonly X Window System or X11, based on its current major version being 11) is a computer software system and network protocol that provides a basis for graphical user interfaces (GUI) for networked computers.

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Computing the visible area of a partly hidden window

I have to (scriptly) take screenshots of windows, some of which may be partially or fully hidden by other windows. Of course, in such a case the screenshot is useless, and I'd rather print a warning. ...
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Java doesn't show menu text

I startet netbeans/intelliJ/squirrelSQL after I didn't use it for a few days/weeks and now the menu doesn't show text. There are just the underlineds. My system: ArchLinux (everything up to date, ...
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When was my machine last touched?

It is occasionally useful for me to know when my machine (Debian wheezy) was last touched. To be precise, I mean the more recent of the times I typed on the keyboard or moved the mouse. When I ...
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Playing a remote movie on the remote computer

I have two computers (a desktop and a laptop) running linux connected to my local area network. I like to ssh from my laptop over to my desktop and run programs there, and sometimes listen to music on ...
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Xmodmap syntax for rebinding Shift+Down to Up

I would like to rebind some keys on Linux via Xmodmap. Left and up cursor on my Acer (yes, I know) laptop have broke. I would like to map shift+down to up, and shift+right to left. Struggling to ...
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Run a script that displays an X window from an udev rule

I found several questions on http://unix.stackexchange.com & on http://stackoverflow.com related to launch script by udev rules. But I can't find exact solution or certain answer for executing ...
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Gallery of installed fonts

I want to view the fonts that are installed on my system. Specifically, I want the client-side (fontconfig) fonts, not the old-style X11 bitmap fonts on the server (for which xfontsel does an adequate ...
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Select characters by holding down a key in Linux (like in OSX)

I've been wondering if there's any add on available that does something like Mac OS X. My mother tongue is Spanish, and now I live in a Francophone environment, I also do English a lot, so I'm in need ...
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Adding custom Compose key sequences

How can one add custom Compose-key sequences? I have googled quite a bit, but could not find an explanation. In particular, I would like to have: <Compose> + <Z> + <Z> = ℤ # ...
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How to configure xorg.conf for widescreen VNC on headless Linux/Ubuntu?

I have a Ubuntu 12.10 Box configured to run headless. I've managed to boot X headless by a lot of trial and error but I still have a glitch: When booting using the monitor, it all works ok, widescreen ...
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When is the appropriate time to start Redshift using upstart?

I have been trying to get Redshift to start before login so that the bright welcome screen does not blind me, in particular when switching users. Running Redshift as a service does not seem fully ...
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How to disable the keyboard's numeric keypad?

I want to disable all numpad keys; the ones located on the right side of my keyboard. How can I do this? Of course, I would also like to know how to revert the action an re-enable the numeric keypad. ...
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Keyboard shortcut to paste selected text to SECONDARY clipboard

I am aware that mouse selection and CTRL+C adds content to the PRIMARY and CLIPBOARD X Selections but I need a keyboard shortcut(or mouse) to have the selected text in SECONDARY Selection. Any leads ...
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After upgrade, X button in titlebar no longer closes xterm

In theory, pressing the close button should close an xterm. It did before I did an aptitude upgrade. (I'm running Debian testing). But now it doesn't—clicking the X does nothing—but only for some ...
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What does this `xhost …` command do?

Please help me understand this line of command: xhost +SI:localuser:lightdm in reference to the answer in this post and also suggest if there's a better way and why that's needed. I couldn't make ...
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Is it possible to tweak input from touchpad?

I use a MS keyboard on my Debian machine. The problem is that MS does not ship configuration software for us and touchpad's default scrolling directions are reversed (it uses natural scrolling). I ...
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Udev rules involving X11 don't run on startup

I have some udev rules written to run when I connect certain usb devices. For example, I change pointer velocity for certain mice, and change xmodmaps for particular keyboards. The scripts work well ...
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osx server, windows client, running emacs opens it on server not client

I've installed emacsformacosx on my OSX box. I'd like to shove my macmini in a data center and run it headless. I've gotten x-windows working. If I run xeyes, it displays on my Windows 7 client. ...
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Operate X clipboard from command line

I'd like to copy and paste to the clipboard from the command line. I've found two utilities that works with "mouse" selection: xclip and xsel. But they both ignore the clipboard that is filled with ...
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how to send keyboard signal using a shell script

I have an application in graphical interface that when I run it, it's not opened in full screen mode, but when I use the keyboard shortcut Alt+Ctrl+M , it becomes fullscreen, I want to change the ...
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Remote desktop (KDE) over SSH reverse tunnel

I have a reverse ssh tunnel through a middleman server set up and working. I'm running Kubuntu 12.04 here and on the remote machine. I want to open a remote desktop session. Until now I've been ...
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How can I use just one unified clipboard? (even for IntelliJ's “copy path”)

I don't really understand the linux clipboard/s scheme. Instead of understanding it, is there a way to simplify it into one, unified clipboard? You know, so I could copy in any app and paste in any ...
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How to get near-perfect screen recording quality?

Someone suggested I direct a copy of the unmodified X display to a file and afterwards convert that file to a general purpose video file. What commands would I use to do this on a Kubuntu system? (...
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Linux - LXC; deploying images with tiniest possible X11

is it currently possible to setup LXC containers with X11 capabilities? I'm looking forward for the lightest available X11 container (memory-wise), hardware acceleration a plus but not essential. If ...
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Why can't I run GUI apps from 'root': “No protocol specified”?

I installed debian onto my machine last night. Now, I don't understand why I can't run GUI apps from a terminal when running as root. For example: sudo -i glxgears Generates the following output: ...
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Can another program on X capture my root password while I type it in a virtual terminal?

Usually I only install open source programs on my linux box because I don't trust closed source applications. Recently I had to use Dropbox for a university project. I created a separate linux account ...
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Can I “drag” a file into a window without a file manager?

(I'm on Arch Linux, using i3 as my wm and xterm as my terminal emulator, though I don't know if any of that is relevant.) Occasionally, a website asks me to drag a file with my mouse from my desktop ...
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How to use keyboard instead of mouse middle-click for copy/paste? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Pasting X selection (not clipboard contents) with keyboard Is there a shortcut for copy-paste under X? I'd like to use the keyboard for pasting.
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How to start a second X session?

I tried to do it with the command startx 1. It seemed to flicker to a different screen momentarily, but then exited. Got the following error: /usr/bin/xterm: No absolute path found for shell: :1 ...
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~/.xinitrc not being run

I am not able to run my ~/.xinitrc (~/.xsession) scripts when logging into my computer. I'm using Xubuntu 12.10 with vanilla lightgm as the login manager. Both these files have the right permission (...
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How can I get xrandr to detect both nvidia cards: 2 x GTX480, triple-head?

I am running Linux Mint 16 (Petra) I am running the default driver nvidia-319 shipped with the distro I have 2x GTX480 cards I have 3 monitors Using the Nvidia driver, all monitors and GPUs are picked ...
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Xvfb or Firefox throwing errors & gratuitously logging

per the answer to this question, I'm running Xvfb to make a virtual display so firefox will run on my CentOS server. (I don't need to see firefox or do any actual key or screen input/output with ...
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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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How do I change currently selected keyboard layout from command line?

I have my keyboard layouts (two of them) and switching between them configured via the following command: setxkbmap -layout us,ru -option -option "grp:lctrl_lshift_toggle,ctrl:nocaps" Now I want to ...
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ssh tunnelling explanation

I have a question regarding ssh tunneling. I've read this article http://www.popcornfarmer.com/2009/01/ssh-tunneling-tutorial/ I would like to make X forwarding work and run some X applications ...
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What process created this window with no PID associated? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What process created this X11 window? I need to kill a process that spawned a window which seems to have no PID associated with it. At least that is what xdotool says: ~$ ...
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How to make X less sensitive when right clicking?

Whenever I right click in X, I almost always seem to trigger the first option in the menu unless I am thinking about what I am doing because I: Mouse down; menu appears Accidentally drag mouse 1-3 ...
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How can I find out if the ~/.XCompose file has loaded?

I've added a simple sequence, but it won't work. How can I find out if the OS (Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity) is actually loading the file?
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How can I run a script that starts before my login screen?

I was calibrating my touch screen, and saw that the best tool around was xinput_calibrator. So I used it. It have two options (one of which did not work), so I am here for the second. It says I should ...
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GLX extension not working properly with xvfb

I have an Ubuntu 14.04 system with the following packages installed: libegl1-mesa:amd64 libegl1-mesa-drivers:amd64 libgl1-mesa-dri:amd64 libgl1-mesa-dri:i386 libgl1-mesa-glx:amd64 libgl1-mesa-glx:...
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Can X11 scale to virtual resoltions on HiDPI/Retina screens the way OS X does?

I've recently had the chance to use a Macbook Pro with Retina Display, and its quite clear that the display is futuristic enough to actually warrant Apple's over-the-top marketing. I've got sensitive ...
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Change scroll lines when use mouse wheels?

Is there a way to control how many lines will scroll, when you use the mouse wheels? It seems to be 5 lines by default, anyway to change this value? I didn't find it in xfce4-settings-manager
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How to get cpu usage for every core with a bash script using standard *nix tools

I'm writing a bash script to print system stats to my dwm status bar using xsetroot. Everything works as expected. What I'm currently missing is an easy way that just uses standard *nix tools to give ...
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How do I find out what program 'owns' a hotkey?

I'm running XFCE 4.12 on top of Gentoo with a 4.2.0 kernel. My PlayPause button on my keyboard used to work as a global hotkey for VLC. Now VLC won't even recognize the key. It does see "Alt + Media ...
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How can I disable selection highlight auto-copying?

I've finally found myself at home in Linux, but there is still one thing that has bothered me since the start, and I have not found a realistic solution: How do I disable the automatic copying of ...
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How can I run a separate X session on a different physical display?

Here's what I need to do. I need to be playing a movie over HDMI to a television screen for my friends while I'm hacking on some personal projects over VGA to a smaller monitor. It's imperative that ...
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Highlight current mouse position

I'm running a dual-screen setup and have my trackpad disabled most of the time (which includes hiding the mousepointer). When i reenable the trackpad (and display the mouse pointer again), i've lost ...
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Is there a command such as xwininfo, xdpyinfo, xprop, or xlsclient that will tell me what font an X client window is using?

I'm trying to find a command that will report what font a given X window is configured to use. Does such a command exist? Looking through these tools I did not see an option that would give me this: ...
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Change the status of the keyboard leds, from within an X session, without root access

I am trying to force the capslock led on. xset does not work for me, so I am trying to use setleds. In a graphical console, this command returns: > LANG=C setleds -L +caps KDGKBLED: Inappropriate ...
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How to disable select-on-release right mouse button in Linux [duplicate]

We are having issues with mouse behavior in Linux. In Windows: In any application, to open a context menu and select an option: right mouse button down + release move the cursor to an option left ...