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Remote access issue with xdmcp and Gnome.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES 11 SP3)


After trying to connect to a SLES server running Gnome desktop via xdmcp protocol, this may not work with some clients, and not with others.

Works with: Xephyr, VcXsrv ( working Windows X server implementation with OpenGL acceleration )
Does not work with: Xming


Switch to client that works.


Use Display Manager and Window Manager that do not require 3D acceleration
For example xdm and icewm.

It is possible to do this by :
  • editing /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager to show :
  • editing /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager to show :
  • and switching to runlevel 3 and back to 5 or by rebooting teh system.
After that just make sure to configure xdm to enable xdmcp


Certain xmdcp clients do not support the necessary extensions for acceleration.
As such, gdm and gnome-shell do not work with it.

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  • Document ID:7019030
  • Creation Date: 22-May-2017
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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