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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
1answer
29 views

How does one use the setxkbmap -geometry option?

I have a Sun Type7 keyboard on my Debian Linux (/etc/debian_version == 7.8) box, and, since it appears to be much like the Sun type6 I attempted: $ (setxkbmap -model sun6 -layout us -geometry ...
2
votes
1answer
33 views

How do you make a toggle key using Autokey?

I want to use Autokey to toggle the e key on and off in a program called "xyz". So if I press e, the program thinks I'm holding down e. I press e again, it thinks I released it. How do you do this ...
6
votes
0answers
18 views

Difference between server-side and client-side compositing in Xorg?

xcompmgr provides the following option: -s Server-side compositing with hard-edged shadows. From experimentation, I can say that this is much, much faster than the "client side" options. But ...
2
votes
0answers
17 views

Missing KeyPress event

I got new thinkpad and it's missing a ContextMenu key and has PrintScreen key where ContextMenu should have been. I remapped it using xmodmap. The problem is, the key is missing KeyPress events, only ...
3
votes
0answers
10 views

urxvt- play mp3 instead of beep

Does anyone know how to make urxvt play a mp3 file in replacement of a system beep? My PC does not have a pc speaker so I need a way to make terminal notifications go through sound card.
1
vote
1answer
22 views

FVWM: Make xterm stay on top, conditionally

Algorithm: If there is no window currently on top, then make the next new xterm stay on top (layer 6). I got that to work: Module FvwmEvent AddToFunc MyUpdate + I WindowStyle StaysOnTop AddToFunc ...
7
votes
2answers
104 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
1k views

Forwarding X11 not working - Error: Can't open display: localhost:11.0

LM 17 Xfce OpenSSH_6.6.1p1 Ubuntu-2ubuntu2 Despite googling everywhere, I cannot seem to get this to work. I keep getting this error. $ xlogo Error: Can't open display: localhost:10.0 I have tried ...
5
votes
2answers
7k views

ssh returns message “X11 forwarding request failed on channel 1”

When I ssh into a remote server that's not running any type of X11 desktop environment I get the following message. $ ssh user@server X11 forwarding request failed $ ssh user@server ls X11 ...
3
votes
1answer
30 views

How can I uniquely identify different GVim instances?

With gnome-terminal, I can use the --role command line argument to make the new terminal window uniquely identifiable by the window manager or other applications, for example: gnome-terminal ...
1
vote
0answers
14 views

Run a script on window focus [closed]

I have a wacom tablet and I'd like to change the button configurations when I change applications. I figure I should run a script to override the previous xsetwacom configuration every time the focus ...
1
vote
1answer
18 views

setxkbmap: Multiple layouts with different variants

Using setxkbmap from a user's .xinitrc, I'd like to configure: German keyboard layout (de) without dead keys (variant nodeadkeys). French keyboard layout (fr) with dead keys (variant basic). So ...
0
votes
1answer
28 views

How configure properly vncserver in Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.5

I'm trying to start vncserver in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 6.5 with an user created for that, and when I type vncserver I got this: WARNING: The first attempt to start Xvnc failed, ...
4
votes
1answer
483 views

Running multiple xserver displays “offscreen” or “headless”

I would like to run two or more displays, while I only have one GPU and one monitor. The second display does not have to display anything on the monitor, a dummy output would be ideal. I use startx ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

My shift/ctrl and numlock keys stopped working

My ctrl and right-shift keys are not responding, though they still work in a VMware window. Numlock doesn't work. A held-down key does not repeat. clicking in a field in another window does not make ...
2
votes
0answers
22 views

Modeline for Dell U2415 1920x1200 resolution

I'm trying here to run my secondary display (U2415) on the native resolution 1920x1200. Xrandr unfortunately reports only 1920x1080, which is not satisfactory. $ xrandr Screen 0: minimum 8 x 8, ...
7
votes
1answer
163 views

Can I put multiple X windows into a single larger window?

Say my main process spawns a couple windows. I'd like to group them in a session-leader master window (a just-the-frame minidesktop for the window group if you will). What can I do to achieve this? ...
10
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
20 views

Cannot log in to my Debian Wheezy 7 system

I have a Debian Wheezy 7 installation. When I turn it on it boots to the log in screen normally. However when I type in my username/password and try to login the screen briefly turns off for about one ...
1
vote
0answers
11 views

Java programs steal focus in X11

I run IntelliJ IDEA & some other Java GUI apps on my linux box. Every one of them tends to steal focus when launching up, and doing it in stealthy way. E.g.: I run IDEA, it starts up in ...
2
votes
1answer
559 views

Directx application using wine over ssh -x

I'm trying to run a Windows app (Artemis video game - server mode) on my archlinux server. As it is an windows application I have to run it using Wine. As I'd like to be able to launch the server ...
9
votes
2answers
10k views

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 ...
4
votes
2answers
749 views

Run commands after unlocking X screen (KDE)

When I leave work, I lock my machine with ctrl + l to lock the screen. When I come back, I always forget to log into jabber. Is there a way to run a command after the screen is unlocked? This is in ...
3
votes
0answers
21 views

Xorg configuration hook for unblank screen

Is is possible to execute a command automatically when X comes out of a power saving screen blank? I.e., something that would be triggered when I hit a key/move the mouse to power up the display ...
1
vote
1answer
580 views

Cannot login on GUI

I'm using Debian Jessie with Xfce and cannot login into the GUI as a normal user, root works. I can login on another terminal. I tried to reinstall lightdm, but I still cannot login. After a login ...
1
vote
1answer
29 views

ssh with -Y results in “shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories…”

I ran an X app sudo'ed from my normal account, using: mylappy$ ssh -Y me@myhost.com me@myhost.com's password: [me@myhost ~]$ sudo su - [root@myhost ~]# su - me -c 'xauth list' |\ grep `echo ...
1
vote
3answers
125 views

startx autologin does not run in /etc/inittab in after Debian Jessie update

I installed a minimal Debian system (stable) without GUI, switched to testing/jessie to be able to get the Cinnamon desktop, but X didn't start on boot. If I log in as myself at the CLI, I can type ...
2
votes
1answer
27 views

Nvidia drivers debian wheezy

I had some problems with my graphics card. I tried following the instructions from here https://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphicsDrivers to install the appropriate drivers. The result is I can't ...
7
votes
2answers
302 views

What is `/tmp/.X11-unix/`?

I asked Google the same question and didn't like the results I got. What is /tmp/.X11-unix/?
6
votes
1answer
27 views

Copy to both X11 clipboards from vim

As far as I can see, with VIM I can choose between set clipboard=unnamed - yank to X11's primary selection buffer (middle-mouse button paste) and set clipboard=unnamedplus - yank to to X11's ...
5
votes
1answer
77 views

Fast drop-in replacement for ssh -x

I'm looking for something to provide faster X11 fowarding than ssh -X provides. I do not need a full GUI session or the ability to drop/resume user sessions. I use NX regularly, but as far as I can ...
1
vote
0answers
15 views

How to keep displays “set” and not vanishing when screenblanking or turned off?

I have thee screens and am finding it very annoying and distracting to find (1) my X settings have changed to make the leftmost Primary and not aligned right, and (2) all the windows moved onto the ...
1
vote
0answers
19 views

How to set up XKB to work with 3 modifier keys and 2 switchable layouts?

Consider the following XKB layout: xkb_keymap { xkb_keycodes { <ESC> = 9; <FK01> = 67; <FK02> = 68; <FK03> = 69; <FK04> = 70; <FK05> = 71; ...
0
votes
0answers
14 views

build X11R7.7 from sources - in which order

Is there an automatic way to understand the order in which individual libraries of the X11R7.7 package should be built when I want to build all of util, lib and xcb?
1
vote
0answers
14 views

Cannot resize windows remoting-in through X11VNC?

As title says, I am remoting on to a Linux box (CentOS 6) using X11VNC. However, I cannot resize any windows manually by hovering over the frame, because the frame resize cursor does not appear. ...
1
vote
2answers
2k views

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. ...
3
votes
1answer
499 views

Laptop keyboard occasionally stops working

I have a dirty solution that is to plug a USB keyboard in and execute the following command: setxkbmap -rules evdev -layout us -model evdev Afterward my keyboard will work. This solution only ...
2
votes
0answers
17 views

General way of debugging vmware mouse issues in X11

I run a virtual vmware archlinux installation, and constantly have problems with mouse grab/ungrab. At some point it was fixed by commenting out pointer lines in 10-evdev config, but on every update ...
0
votes
0answers
5 views

How do I obtain a handle to the Window Manager frame for a given Window in Xlib?

So I'm making a screenshooter app that gets the active window using XGetInputFocus(); but when I try to take a screenshot of that window using XGetImage, I get an image without the window decorations ...
3
votes
1answer
34 views

Start a single color full screen from the terminal

For testing displays, I need to show a single color fullscreen, and quickly switch from one to the next color. Can this be done from the terminal? Something like this: DISPLAY=:0 color #ff0000
1
vote
1answer
79 views

Is it possible for a program to have its dedicated X display?

Can a program have its own dedicated X display, as though it can start the X display, set the screen size to match its own size and ensure that no other program can use that X display? Some VNC ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
3answers
8k views

How can I set mouse sensitivity, not just mouse acceleration?

I can't find a single desktop environment that supports setting both mouse acceleration AND mouse sensitivity. I don't want any mouse acceleration, but I want to increase the speed of my mouse. That ...
1
vote
1answer
591 views

Resolving circular dependency hell for libX11 and libXi

I'm trying to install X11 from source. Source files from some repository: libX11-1.6.0.tar.gz libXi-1.7.1.901.tar.gz libX11-1.6.0 paulk@node005:libX11-1.6.0$ ./configure --prefix=$HOME/software ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

annoying message “X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication” while there is no problem at all

I'm having an annoying problem. When I'm logged in to a specific host via SSH, the message X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication. occurs three times seemingly random about once ...
7
votes
1answer
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
3answers
410 views

Arch linux: set keyboard layout to PL

I'm unsuccessfully trying to force my Arch to set pl layout on X start. I've googled for solutions, and I found couple of tutorials/tips but none of them works. My current, keyboard related ...
1
vote
3answers
96 views

The n key doesn't work anymore but N does

I've been playing around xmodmap to create a custom keyboard (refer to Get the keycode of a key, from a custom made keyboard also). But now, I can't use the N key anymore, but the Shift+N still works ...
0
votes
1answer
15 views

Xmodmap remapping Caps, but still triggering Caps Lock

Im using CentOS 6.5 workstation, pretty standard config, with normal dell keyboard, EN/US lang and keyboard layout. I have the following in the .Xmodmap keycode 66 = Control_L clear Lock add Control ...
1
vote
1answer
38 views

Remapping Caps Lock to Compose

Because I now and then need to use scandinavian letters despite using US Dvorak as my layout, I would like to use Caps Lock as a compose key. (I don't need Caps Lock at all, I'm not a forum troll) ...