How do I start a kde session on a remote machine?

Ted Bartlett ted.bartlett at
Tue Oct 25 11:55:43 BST 2005

Many thanks for the comments.

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Kevin Krammer [mailto:kevin.krammer at] 
>Sent: 21 October 2005 18:16
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>How do I start a kde session on a remote machine?
>On Friday 21 October 2005 19:09, Ted Bartlett wrote:
>>The system is configured to use kdm and to startkde at boot. This 
>>spawns the kdm_greet process, at least I assume that is what happens 
>>and that kde_greet is the 'login screen' that kde presents to the 
>>user. Is this correct? When a users enters their login and password is
>>it passed to kde_greet?
>Yes, I think so.
>I think kde_greet is the visible part of kdm
>>Is it possible to start a kde session on the server when logged in 
>>using ssh? That is can a session be started that will run locally on 
>>the server allowing the vnc server to be started and the vnc 
>>connection established? Equally importantly will the kde session be 
>>detached - will it continue to run when the ssh connection is 
>You can start KDE whenever you have an X11 display.
>If this x11vnc is working like an X server, you just need to set DISPLAY
>point to it and run startkde
As startkde is in the boot sequence there is an X server running. I 
cannot start a remote session from my Suse box either, it simply returns 
a grey background screen (x11vnc does the same). Sounds like X 
permissions to me as once kde is running as a user (not root like the X 
:0) session x11vnc works fine. In truth I probably don't want to open up 
the X permissions and have a work around ...

ssh to the server
startx -- :1    this spawns an X session using twm as user
connect x11vnc to :1

The :1 session continues to run when I log out of ssh if it is started 
as a background process.

If I remove startkde from the boot sequence could I start it as a user 
and achieve the same? kde is so much nicer than twm :)


Ted Bartlett
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