Can I install X applications on Ubuntu Server to run on a remote display?
On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 05:55:36PM +0000, Chris Jones wrote:
> Chris G wrote:
> > I have Ubuntu Server 9.10 (late release candidate, will update soon)
> > installed on an Acer Aspire Revo. If I install some X applications
> > will it try and install display drivers and such? I don't want to run
> > a local display on the Revo but it would be convenient to do some
> > configuration with a GUI from my main desktop machine if I can.
> Yes, it should be possible to install any X application without
> triggering the installation of X.org itself, which you don't need if you
> don't plan on running an X server on your remote server.
> Just try running
> > apt-get install XYZ
> to install whatever it is you want, and if you don't like the look of
> the dependencies that tries to drag in, just decline the installation
> and post them here.
I just got a bit carried away and tried:-
sudo apt-get install synaptic
It does install a *lot* of stuff but I have to admit it doesn't seem to
So I declined the synaptic installation and tried:-
sudo apt-get install rxvt
... and that installed *nothing* more than rxvt, so I let it do it and
rxvt run on the remote 'server' works perfectly. Excellent. I'll go
ahead and install other things that will make it easy to do remote
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