Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


XWindows Config

Filed under: Career Archive,Fun Work,Geek Work,Linux,Personal — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Snake which is mid-morning or 10:06 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Wow, I’m becoming a Unix admin!

Now, this might not be a big deal for old-time Unix geeks, or anyone who prefers to work with Micro$oft products, but I think it’s cool. Last week, I was wrestling with a little problem that I solved with a judicious application of XWindows.
We run Oracle 9ias at my office and to get it to print graphics we have to do a kludge work-around. Not that we’re special, everyone who runs Oracle 9ias has to do it. What we’ve been doing is using a pair of Windows workstations running a Windows-base X terminal. Well, over the weekend those workstaions locked up and the DBA couldn’t get them restarted without physically rebooting them. So, Wednesday he came to me and told me he wanted a Linux solution to the problem.
After a bit of Googling, I found what I hoped would be the answer, but I didn’t have time until Thursday to try it out. Here’s what I did, in a nutshell:
1. On my Red Hat 9 workstation, I opened a terminal and ran “xhost +”
2. On the Solaris 8 test server running Oracle 9ias, I telnetted in and ran “display=my RedHat 9 workstation IP address:1.0″ and then “export display”
3. Then, still on the 9ias server, I ran”Xterm” and it popped up on my XWindows session on my RedHat workstation!

Woot! So, I know it might not be a big deal to an old Unix hand, but to this old Novell geek, it was pretty cool. Oh, and it works, too. Now, I just have to figure out how to script all that so it runs automagically……


  1. My playing with XWindows deal with rerouting the Netware GUI Console in eDirectory upgrades. WinAxe Xwindow manager for windows was my friend, but that is only because my only Linux workstation runs in VMWare.

    Comment by Bowulf — 1/10/2004 @ 8:45 pm

  2. Wow! It’s a shame my company is phasing out Netware or I might get to do similar things. Ah, well, at least I’m learning Unix admin stuff. There’s still a decent market for that!

    Comment by RyuMaou — 1/10/2004 @ 8:58 pm

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