idea: screen-like utility for X11 / proxy server

Jay R. Ashworth jra at
Sun Apr 13 14:53:35 PDT 2008

On Sun, Apr 13, 2008 at 11:31:16PM +0200, Mildred wrote:
> With console applications, it is relatively easy to keep a console
> application running when you close your session/terminal. And it's easy
> to access them again from another terminal, including from a remote ssh
> session. All you need is the screen utility. The software runs within
> screen, can be detached from the current terminal, reattached to
> another quite easily.
> Why isn't it possible for graphical application. So far I haven't found
> a such elegant solution.

I think xnest *might* do that.  Alternatively, you can use Xvnc, and
run your "actual" desktop behind that, with a "bare" Xserver running
the client on the physical VGA adapter, which is actually how the
original AT&T VNC guys used it.

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