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Start OpenOffice remotely

Basically, I want to start OpenOffice and Python in my VPS (Virtual Private Server) remotely or somehow so that it keepos running all the time!

Following this thread: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Linux/Q_22722103.html

basically I assume that I need another system/server for doing that! Shall it be just my kitchen computer that has physical access to the server or should I buy a "dedicated" server?!

As said, I also need to start SPYCE (Python server pages) using the command:

python.sh spyce.py -l

Please advise.
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ldbkutty
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LiganicCommented:
Either start them with "nohup" (No Hangup) or (better) via "screen". Just start "screen command" and then Detach from it with [Ctrl]+[A], D. If you login later you can resume with screen -r.
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ldbkuttyAuthor Commented:
Actually, I am still not 100% clear about the issue! Do I need a second server or hosting account?

Our VPS (Virtual Private Server) has CentOS installed and regarding the problem, it seems that CentOS comes with VNC server installed! This is interesting: http://www.centos.org/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=2673

I could try doing it that way, but is it the best way to proceed? Please advise.
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ldbkuttyAuthor Commented:
Regarding the VNC suggestion, I also found this:
"Unfortunately, OpenOffice, even when launched in server mode, needs a Windowing system. So if your server runs Linux you will need to run a X server on it. If you want to avoid windows being shown on your server, you may launch a VNC server and define the variable DISPLAY=:1.  "

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ravenplCommented:
Yes You can run it on VNC server.
Install vncserver on the real server. VNC acts as Xserver for applications. So You can start the server, connect to it with vncclient, start OOo, then detach from vncserver. The vnc stays alive, therefore OOo as well.
Then You can connect to vnc from any place in the world (except firewalls ;) again, and have OOo still running.

>Actually, I am still not 100% clear about the issue! Do I need a second server or hosting account?
Server (or virtual server run inside xen, vmware etc. like from godaddy.com)
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ldbkuttyAuthor Commented:
>> Server (or virtual server run inside xen, vmware etc. like from godaddy.com)

Or just my home windows machine that'll start the OOo in the server, right? Then, I can detach the VNC client so the server doesn't need any other machines!
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ravenplCommented:
I understand, that Your home win machine is going to be vncclient. the vncserver and OOo inside it have to be run on some server...

> Then, I can detach the VNC client so the server doesn't need any other machines!
Yes, and then another vnc client may attach.
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