I have a development server that I leave running all the time, and a development laptop that I turn off/on everyday.

I have a GUI application on the server that I'd like to run over SSH -X, and I'd like to leave it running even when my dev laptop is powered off.

Is there a way to detach and then re-attach to that application over SSH -X?

I'd prefer not to use VNC in my case.


There's xpra (or a newer fork), a slightly more recent tool than xmove.

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    xpra is also called screen for X, which describes well what it does and is available on all the usual platforms.
    – Læti
    Jun 19 '14 at 11:06
  • Thnx!. As mentioned: "..."screen for X", ... you probably want to instead check out the fork at xpra.org"
    – ntg
    Oct 8 '18 at 8:15

Xmove should be able to do what you want.

Here is a howto (dated 2006).

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    Xmove has been abandoned a long time ago and it is hard to get running these days.
    – totaam
    Dec 5 '13 at 9:48

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