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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Make a windowmanager/desktop (Gnome) use only a part of an X11 server's (Xvfb) resolution

I have the following problem: Let's say I have an X11 server (it is the Xvfb) set to run at a resolution of 1024x768. Now I want to run inside it the Gnome desktop, not at the resolution of 1024x768 ...
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What to do to run GUI Java app in chrooted environment?

In my case Java app is JDownloader. I prepared chroot environment as explained here: http://www.0x61.com/forum/post5240333.html#p5240333 and here: http://interreality.org/~reed/java-chroot.html ...
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Reattach to lost X11 session

I'm using X11 forwarding over ssh to run Linux apps on my Windows box, and when the network drops it loses everything that was running. Is there anything similar to screen for X11?
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FreeBSD: Opening X applications after su to root?

Using FreeBSD 8.2. I'm accessing my machine over vnc using tightvnc. I log in as my normal user. This is okay. I can open X applications and they display fine. Then I su to root and they won't ...
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How to redirect tty1 to an X11 (KDE) Konsole shell?

I would like to see what is going on at tty1 - the console I was booting from - while I am now on tty7 running X11 with KDE4, without switching back to tty1 (Ctrl+Alt+F1). I would like to see it ...
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Open a window on a remote X display (why “Cannot open display”)?

Once upon a time, DISPLAY=:0.0 totem /path/to/movie.avi after ssh 'ing into my desktop from my laptop would cause totem to play movie.avi on my desktop. Now it gives the error: No protocol ...
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how to assign another modifier to Alt key for X11?

Aim: I would like to assign Alt to CapsLock-key, and Meta to Alt-key. But in such way, Alt-key would no longer be recognized as Alt, and CapsLock-key would no longer be recognized as CapsLock. ...
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Lightweight X11 alternative available?

Is there any lightwight X11 alternative suited for old systems? (Say, 1GHz and 256-314MB RAM)
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How can I logout from a graphical environment from the command line?

Part of the beauty of trying out alpha releases of operating systems is that things will break, including things we take for granted. Today it's the turn of the logout button. So, how do you log out ...
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xmessage over ssh

The following command prints a message over ssh : xmessage Message -display :0 & How does it work? there is no -display option in xmessage's man page.
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Power management hook for running *X11* scripts on wake

Earlier I asked a similar question, but that one was about running system-level scripts. I have a script that runs a series of xinput commands in order to enable two-finger scrolling on my touchpad. ...
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.Xresources settings in effect

Is there some way to inspect which .Xresources settings are in effect at the moment (unlike xrdb -query)? For example, I'm on a host which doesn't seem to respect *reverseVideo: true, but I don't know ...
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Diacritics do not work in GTK+ applications running on Mac OS X Snow Leopard

I am using some GTK+ applications in Mac OS X Snow Leopard. My MacBook is configured for using the Brazilian layout, which allows it to enter diacritics as dead keys (so I can write á typing ' and ...
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Must an X11 server be installed for X11 forwarding over ssh to work?

I would expect that my local X11 server and sshd X11 forwarding turned on is all that is needed for X11 over ssh to work, but I haven't been able to get it. Am I wrong about this? Does the remote ...
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Simple terminal emulator that supports cut/paste with other programs?

Coming from Mac OS X, I've enjoyed being able to cut/copy/paste text to and from its built in Terminal application. Now, I am planning to migrate to a tiling window manager like scrotwm, xmonad, ...
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Setting the window dimensions of a running application

I'm trying to start an application within Ubuntu (xfce or gnome) and via the command line and was wondering if there's a generic way to set the dimensions of a given window of a given app that is ...
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What process created this X11 window?

Given an X11 window ID, is there a way to find the ID of the process that created it? Of course this isn't always possible, for example if the window came over a TCP connection. For that case I'd ...
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Missing Xutf8LookupString call in Solaris 10

I'm trying to run a program in Solaris 10 that fails due to the lack of Xutf8LookupString function. It is a well-known issue but I'd like to know a way to "skip it". Would defining a different ...
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How do I type the degree symbol under X11 (using a default English keyboard layout)?

I'm trying to put in an email the temperature outside in degrees. On my Mac, the degree symbol (°) is Option+Shift+8. But I'm writing the email in Thunderbird on an Ubuntu 10.10 with the default US ...
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How can I customize the look of Thunderbird's mailbox list, message list, and headers?

Mozilla Thunderbird's message list, mailbox list, and headers use a font size that is so large, I can barely see any content in the message preview pane. I'd like to reduce these to 10px, and reduce ...
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What is Wayland?

I was looking for a lightweight X server, but failed to find one. Then I found out about Wayland. I says that it aims to coexist with X, but can run standalone. When I try to compile it, it needs ...
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Reassign Ctl and Alt keys - xmodmap error

I am attempting to remap my keyboard in order to make emacs usable. My ergonomic keyboard puts its single Control key in an isolated 4-key island way off to the left. The OS is Debian squeeze. Here ...
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How do I use SSH keys for passwordless SSH via X11 apps (like nautilus)?

I just reinstalled Linux on my laptop, and I'm trying to get SSH pubkey authentication working via X11 applications. Specifically, I'm trying to use baobab to display the usage of a remote filesystem, ...
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Anacron job complains “Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display”

I'm trying to make a simple weekly Anacron job that backs up my computer if I click yes on the dialog. The script I wrote works fine if run manually, but when Anacron runs it, nothing happens and I ...
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How to resume a gnome session?

I am in the middle of a project where I repeatedly have to stop X11 to debug. I stop with Ctrl+Alt+F1 then login and $ sudo /etc/init.d/gdm stop Then I go about my debugging. then restart gdm ...
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Is there a simple flag to prevent installing X and anything that depends on it via ports?

I'm running FreeBSD in a small VMWare image and I want to keep it headless. Is there a setting someplace that will guarantee I never pull in X as a dependency, or will I have to rely solely on eternal ...
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How do I share applications windows between OS X and Linux?

I originally asked this question over on Super User, but I didn't get any answers. I'm trying to set up Xdmx on my Macbook Pro and my Ubuntu 10.04 workstation so that I can share my MBP's keyboard ...
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Why are the fonts all screwy for remote X11 apps on one Mac client?

I have two Mac OS X clients, both running XQuartz 2.1.6 (xorg-server 1.4.2-apple33). When I SSH into a remote linux system enabling X11 forwarding and launch gnome-terminal, on one Mac the terminal ...
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Record screen in X

How can I record all activity on the screen for a certain amount of time? I know about tools like xwd that capture a still image; can they be extended to record video? I'd prefer not using any fancy ...
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DPMS does not work: the monitor is not switched off [closed]

I have a monitor which was properly switched off by my Debian PC when unused. I attached it to another machine and, this times, it is never switched off. In /etc/X11/xorg.conf, I have: Section ...
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Where are displays other than “:0”?

X Power Tools -book has a sentence about ":0": Display 0 on the local computer, connected by a local connection scheme I tried to open a clock by "xclock -display :2", but I got an error: ...