Opening Linux X11 apps on top of Leopard through Darwin

Discussion in 'macOS' started by foolishbrat, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. foolishbrat macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2008

    Suppose I have connected to Ubuntu PC through
    ssh. Then I would like to open a PDF file inside stored
    inside the Linux machine, through my Mac.

    Is there a way to do it through MacOS' Darwin?
    The way I see it is to type

    darwin$ xpdf mypdf_file.pdf

    Then xpdf will be opened on MacOS on top of X11 in Mac.

    I could download the file first to my Mac and then opened
    it with Preview. But that would be too inconvenient and
    populating my Mac drive.

    Please advice.

  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    You might need your install disk to get started initially, but you should be able to run X11 apps directly on your Mac.

    If you want to find out if you have X11 installed, just do a spotlight search for "X11." It should op up if you have it.
  3. tuxtpenguin macrumors regular

    May 19, 2007
    I believe that can be done, but it would probably be easier to run VNC on both machines and just be able to view the Linux desktop using VNC. SSH is great for CLI usage, but if you want desktop and file viewing, VNC works well.
  4. foolishbrat thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2008
    Hi tuxtpenguin,

    Thanks for the reply. Two questions though:
    1. What's the Mac application name for VNC?
    2. You mean it is possible to view the file in Linux with Mac viewer,
    for example using Album Cover Browser of Mac Finder?

    - fb
  5. Am3822 macrumors 6502


    Aug 16, 2006
    Groningen, The Netherlands
    To the OP -- please correct me if I am wrong, but what you want is to run X-application on your linux host and watch the results on your mac (e.g., use xpdf to display a PDF file which is located on your linux machone).

    If that is the case, then all you have to do is to connect to the machine using 'ssh -X' and launch the application from the terminal. The application would then be displayed locally, using the mac's

    The vnc solution is useful if you want to access your linux machine's entire desktop display.

    Speaking of which, how can I connect, using a secure form of vnc, from a mac to an ubuntu 8.04 desktop machine?
  6. chocodup macrumors member


    May 17, 2008

Share This Page