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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X11 platform in Google Account Activity

My Google Activity Report typically shows access from "Windows", "Linux" and "Android" platforms. This month, it is also showing access from the "X11" platform. What would report as "X11"? A question ...
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Use desktop speakers over SSH from laptop

I have VLC media player and media files on a desktop CentOS 6.3 set up (without a GUI). I can play the media files at the machine but when I issue the command via SSH it is silent. I'm guessing it's ...
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How can I automatically disable my laptop's built-in keyboard in X.org?

Distro and X.org Version Information I am using Ubuntu 12.10 with xserver-xorg/quantal 1:7.7+1ubuntu4. Disabling Built-In Keyboard in X11 I have a laptop with a built-in keyboard that no longer ...
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setxkbmap switches between 2 out of 3 layouts

Issuing that command: setxkbmap -layout "us,ua,ru" -variant ",winkeys" -option "grp:shift_caps_toggle,grp_led:scroll" -model pc105 -rules xorg When hitting Caps Lock+Shift I'm switching between ...
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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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bind backslash to a non-standard keyboard key

I am using a swiss apple keyboard at the moment. This keyboard requires some unreasonable finger acrobatics to type a backslash (shift+right alt+7). I'd like to bind the backslash to another key ...
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Is there anyway to run gnome desktop via a remote x window ssh tunnel?

I'd like to run the DE remotely in a window of it's own on my local workstation. When I tried the naive gnome-session from an x-window tunnel it tried to takeover my local xfce desktop, got as far as ...
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Cyborg RAT mouse with xserver

I got a cyborg RAT3 mouse. This mouse got some problem to work on linux. I'm under lubuntu 12.10. I have searched some solutions on google. I have done this : I created /etc/X11/Xmodmap file, and I ...
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mpirun with ssh and X11

At present we're trying to write a program which uses mpirun to launch multiple X11 clients. If the programs are text-only, then using the following command, we can run proceses on a list of ...
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Debian: very low resolution and an “unknown monitor” problem

Edit: I have installed CrunchBang (or #!, a Debian-based distro), and that seems to have solved all of my resolution problems. I've just installed Debian after using Linux Mint for a few months. ...
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Input freeze when X starts on other terminal

I have a Packard Bell F2011HC-125GE running a Debian Squeeze-based Linux. After a few days of usage i found the system freezes from time to time. It's obvious the freezes happen, when X starts while ...
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Windows losing focus on Gnome on Fedora 17

I have a problem using Gnome on Fedora 17 where, after a period of time, I cannot regain focus on any windows; that is, I can only see the desktop screen. If I Alt-Tab I can see the other windows, but ...
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Are SUSE servers intended to be used graphically?

After being a long-time Debian Linux user, I decided to give SUSE a try. One of the major selling points of SUSE is the YaST configuration system. It provides a set of wizards for common configuration ...
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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 ...
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Cinnamon failed: desktop only, no panel, no dialog frame

I am using Linux Mint 14 (MATE) with Cinnamon installed. Cinnamon failed when I tried to delete an item on the menu with menu editor. The system froze, so I logged out by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Delete. ...
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Fedora doesn't start X on boot

Since a few months I have been facing a problem with Fedora 15. Whenever I start my system, the command prompt is displayed instead of the GUI login. I need to provide a username and password from the ...
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How can I save/restore window positions when I undock/dock my laptop?

I have a laptop with a docking station that has a large monitor connected to it. When the laptop is docked, I use the monitor as my primary display, and the laptop screen as a secondary display. ...
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Network Simulator NS-2 in Linux Mandriva 2008 - nam error: “Cannot connect to existing nam instance”

Theme begins here - http://superuser.com/questions/525110/installing-network-simulator-ns-2-allinone-on-linux-mandriva There is a certain emulator- NS-2. It can be used to describe the network ...
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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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Custom keyboard layout is reset to default after standby or reboot

I designed a keyboard layout for myself, after I run xmodmap it works OK, but after standby or reboot, the layout turn back to qwerty. How can I set it as default? My OS is Debian Wheezy with XFCE4. ...
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Change Zombie window X properties from Iconic state to Normal state

Mathematica sets its Documentation Center as an iconic window according to xprop. I think this state might be the culprit for making this window a zombie window, not focusable by the mouse on my ...
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xming debian can't open display

I followed numerous guides for setup and even more "can't open display" error solution, but still can't find what's wrong. First, on VPS Debian Squeeze I installed xserver-xorg-core and xauth. Then ...
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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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SSH window forwarding with Xming

I have installed fedora 17 on the old desktop computer and put it to DMZ of my NAT network - i.e. whole computer is accessible via public ip address to the internet and could be called "server". I've ...
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Find X.org pointer grab owner

I have an application that seems to have grabbed the mouse (I can move it but can't click anywhere), is there a way to find which app owns the X.org mouse grab? The shortcut given here to release the ...
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Back button to middle mouse button

I would like to map "Back" button (xev shows it as "button 7") of my mouse (A4Tech X-7) to act as a middle mouse button. Is there a way to do this? I'm lost in google, finding only how to map buttons ...
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Getting or cloning the users current terminal?

I have to work with a script that forks and launches an instance of xterm in order to display log output in one window and have an interactive interface in the other. Personally I prefer rxvt-unicode ...
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Alternate screensaver settings on different X instances

On my desktop system, I run two instances of X-- one is associated with the physical screen, one is associated with a virtual screen (a la vncserver). I use the physical one to do things related to ...
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TigerVNC Cinnamon session on Fedora 17

I'm trying to properly start a Cinnamon (2D) session in tigervnc-server on Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle". The only way I currently know to accomplish this is to modify the file /etc/X11/xinit/Xclients. ...
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Xresources color settings

I'm using Gentoo with XMonad and set all the colors in .Xresources file. The problem is that for some apps setting *.background and *.foreground is not enough since they override the settings for some ...
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Can I display part of a window on the second device?

When giving presentations, I use the html/css/js-based showoff. It has a presenter mode which shows the notes and the progress in a good way for me. It seems like the idea is that somehow a second ...
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How can I disable the X-server on Fedora 17?

I want to use a Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle" system as a network-shared desktop for cooperative work. For this I'm using TigerVNC which brings its own X-Server and starts a completely separate desktop ...
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Is there a way to make feh fade in between transitions?

I would like my desktop wallpaper to fade between transitions instead of a cut. Is there a way to do this with feh? Maybe using xcompmgr or compton? If not is there a way of doing it without changing ...
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bash commands don't seem to run in .xinitrc

I am trying to run some bash commands in my .xinitrc script, but the window manager starts without these commands running properly. I run Arch Linux with the window manager is called "awesome", and I ...
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Screenshot of X from tty

Using Xvfb I can launch an application and take a screenshot. What I'm wondering about is how to capture from an existing (dormant) X session. Say from tty or over ssh. From what I understand ...
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How to check if DISPLAY is valid

I've read man-page X(7) and searched for this but I can't find a solution. How can I check in a long running process if the environment DISPLAY=:0 is still a valid display? (User could have logged ...
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Why does my X11 forwarding attempt fail with “connect /tmp/.X11-unix/X0: No such file or directory”?

On my local machine, I run: ssh -X me@remotemachine.com (For completeness, I have also tested all of the following using -Y with identical results). As expected, this accesses remotemachine.com ...
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Black and white (greyish color) console and X11 [closed]

Can I achieve simply the state of my system with no color? I'm using openbox.
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Weird mouse behaviour. Mouse too fast

When I move my mouse slowly over the desktop the pointer jumps often a few pixels (one or two) in the opposite direction of which I move my mouse. Horribly when trying to set the cursor around some ...
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Keyboard layout changed. How and why?

Yesterday, I upgraded my kernel (to 3.5.0-19-generic), rebooted, and had to reinstall my video drivers to get full resolution. (After upgrading the kernel, the resolution always goes to 640x480, until ...
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Display a right-click menu using a shell script

Is it possible to display a right-click menu using a shell script (or some kind of Unix command?) I'm trying to find a program that can be used to display a context menu at a specific location on the ...
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Understanding linux desktop

I use debian wheezy xfce and want to set up my desktop. But I read some settings are redundant. Hence I want to understand how everything works, but I am massively lost. Can someone please sort, ...
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Is there any way to let it snow on my linux mint destkop?

I want snow fall on my desktop really badly. Tried Xsnow (with Mate/Marco, Mate/Compiz and KDE/Kwin) but doesn't work. Snow plugin for Compiz doesn't work anymore either. Snow feature of KDE was ...
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Grade book program that works on gentoo

I am looking for a program that I can use to keep track of and calculate my grade in all my classes without going through and making a spreadsheet for each class.
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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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Fedora 17 doesn't detect some key-presses

About 1 week ago, I installed MATE desktop (Gnome2 fork) because I wanted to use XMonad in gnome. So I am pretty sure this problem has something to do with MATE. My keyboard is just a basic HP ...
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Is there any way to prevent focus being grabbed by another application?

I am getting annoyed by windows under X opening and taking focus away from the current window which has focus. This is particularly annoying when you are typing a password into a password dialog and ...
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How does X11 forwarding work?

How does X11 forwarding work? I am interested in knowing whether the processing to render graphics is done at the end of the host running the application or the host displaying the graphical ...
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Ctrl-Alt-F1 not working from X

I have a system running Debian 5.0 that doesn't respond to Ctrl-Alt-F# (1-6) Check if Ctrl, Alt, F1 and F2 are intercepted correctly... $ DISPLAY=:0 xwininfo xwininfo: Please select the window ...
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Copying files from command line to clipboard

In a GUI file manager it is possible to select a few files, press Ctrl-C (which supposedly copies come info about the files to clipboard), then navigate to another folder and press Ctrl-V, which will ...