Recovering Disconnected X Applications

Gian Filippo Pinzari pinzari at
Sat Jun 11 05:38:29 PDT 2005

Glynn Clements wrote:
> One potential solution is to use run the session on a "virtual" X
> server such as Xvnc, then just run the vncviewer client on the real X
> server (X terminal). If the X terminal crashes, you can just re-start
> vncviewer and re-connect to the Xvnc session. However:
> 1. That won't help if Xvnc itself crashes (although, as it doesn't do
> any hardware access, Xvnc tends to be more reliable than a normal X
> server).
> 2. Xvnc can't provide hardware acceleration, which can make it
> unusable for uses such as real-time 3D or video playback.

Also check NoMachine NX/FreeNX. NX does what you want but uses X11 in
output, so it doesn't potentially have the same performance problems.

/Gian Filippo.

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