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Ubuntu 11.04 GNU/Linux x86_64

Posted on 2011-10-24
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am running Ubuntu 11.04 GNU/Linux x86_64.

I only have remote access to this server.  How can i check to see if the GUI is installed?

Can the GUI be installed if it's not there?
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by:Gary Coltharp
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Do you mean X-Windows?

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Yes, you need VNC server to run on this machine and VNC viewer on your machine.

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See if you can run "startx".  (Will fail as you're starting from an SSH session, but if it tries to run, you most likely have X installed.

And yes, it can be installed remotely.  I'm not familiar with Ubuntu, but if it's a standard/default install, the GUI is there already.
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You need have a some kind of GUI server running on the remote machine.  VNC Server is one of the best ones.

Also, you need VNC viewer to connect to it.
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myuser@laptop:~$ ps ax | grep X
 1020 tty7     Ss+   28:27 /usr/bin/X :0 -br -verbose -auth /var/run/gdm/auth-for-gdm-G8oz7Q/database -nolisten tcp vt7

Just run the above - if you see /usr/bin/X running, then the graphical environment is enabled.

If it is not there, yes, it can be installed but you will want to do that from the actual console/screen of the machine if you can.  If it is already running, you can run x11vnc on the Ubuntu server, and any vncviewer program on the remote client to access the already running X server.

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