[winswitch] Winswitch server on a headless system?

Antoine Martin antoine at nagafix.co.uk
Thu Mar 7 04:04:32 GMT 2013

On 03/07/2013 06:18 AM, Cunningham, Robert wrote:
> I have a bunch of quick'n'dirty Python/Tkinter apps designed to test instrumentation/m2m protocols on various platforms (Win7/Mac/Linux, x86/ARM).  Python/Tkinter is ideal for this, but now I need to run the apps on a headless Ubuntu (quantal) ARM (arm-hf) system, with the GUI shown remotely.
> From a Linux remote system, I login via "ssh -Y" and start the app from the command line. I do the same thing from Win7 after installing the Cygwin Xserver.
> I'd like to have a "one-click" approach for others who would like to run the remote test apps, but don't (and shouldn't) know a thing about ssh or X11.  I'd like it to be as easy as launching a local program, or opening a web page from a shortcut.
> Is this a good job for WinSwitch?
> If so, any hints before I dive in?
Winswitch can do this, and starting with version 0.9.0 xpra can do this too:
xpra start ssh:HOST:DISPLAY --start-child=yourcommand

With xpra, you still have to choose a free display number, whereas
winswitch will find one for you.

Best thing is to try it out and see what works best.


> TIA,
> -BobC
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