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I'm using X11 forwarding to use GUI apps from my headless remote server. Everything was fine until I needed to use a program that needs system tray.

Program needs a system tray to work correctly otherwise GUI doesn't show up.

How can I run a GUI program that needs a system tray through X11 forwarding?

  • It's better -and faster- to use vnc. – Ipor Sircer Mar 28 at 18:28
  • @IporSircer Is it possible to use VNC in a text mode only server, to run GUI programs installed in server side using local Xorg, via ssh remotely like we do in X11 forwarding? For example installer assistants, and others? – Luciano Andress Martini Mar 28 at 18:36
  • It just works for me. What are you forwarding through? What do you have on the local end? I am forwarding with ssh -X, I am running kde plasma locally. – ctrl-alt-delor Mar 28 at 19:41
  • @ctrl-alt-delor how it works? it just appears on your local system tray? I'm connecting from a Windows machine to a remote linux machine. – Josh Mar 28 at 20:06
  • So you need to run a system tray, it won't go into the MS system tray. Are you running an X11 window-manager, and desktop system (tray, task-bar, etc.)? – ctrl-alt-delor Mar 28 at 22:48
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You can not put stuff in the tray, unless you have a tray.

The MS tray and the X11 tray are not the same: The MS tray can not hold X11 tray items.

Therefore you need to run an X11 tray.

On debian do apt-get install stalonetray. Then read the manual. It claims to be a stand-alone tray, so can be used if not running as system with a tray.

  • I may add more, if I get more info from OP – ctrl-alt-delor Mar 29 at 21:59
  • "Therefore you need to run an X11 tray." Yes, that's just what I'm trying to do. If you know how I can accomplish that, tell me please. – Josh Mar 29 at 22:35
  • Well, installed stalonetray but can you tell me how will I use it please? – Josh Mar 30 at 17:05
  • I have never used it. But assume that you have to run it. (it should then appear on your desktop) – ctrl-alt-delor Mar 30 at 19:05

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