SUMMARY: Use a SS4 like a XTerminal & XDM protocol

From: Fermin Molina (
Date: Tue Apr 29 1997 - 08:41:11 CDT

Hi managers:

At end, I do that!


> I have a SPARCstation 20 server with a 15 XTerminals connected. I have
> 3 SPARCstations 4 too. I like to connect these SS 4 like a XTerminals.
> My SS 20 is not configured like OS Server.
> How can I do that?


****************** For Use a SS4 like a XTerminal ***************************

SOLUTION 1 (from

I know two directions :

  X Terminals.

In the first case, you must have a boot server, but your SS20
isn't in this case.

In the second case, you may install each SS4 as standalones,
then initialize them as X Term. I have a script to do this last

SOLUTION 2 (from

If You are running Solaris 2.x and CDE it's easy.

Look in the CDE answerbook.


I try the Solution 1(second point), it transforms the SS4 to an XTerminal,
changing some services (renaming, moving system files) in the SS4.

The name of scripts that do it are: ws2xterm & xterm2ws, located on

(names are very explicitly :) ).

But don't works totaly. It is something else to do in the SS20:

****************** XDM Protocol ***************************
Then, I ask:

> I have:
> SS20, with Solaris 2.5
> SS4, with Solaris 2.5.1
> I don't know how the XDM protocol works, but I think that if I start in SS4
> xdm with the command:
> /usr/openwin/bin/X -query IP-address(SS20)
> I could connect to X in SS20 via XDM protocol. I tried this, but doesn't
> works, I think I missed something to configure in SS20.
> Could someone tell me where can I get more information about XDM protocol
> and how can I configure that?

Many people anwered to this question:

I need to run dtlogin or xdm in the SS20 to get my SS4 connect.

To connect in the SS4:

/usr/openwin/bin/X -query IP-address(SS20) says:

> Actually, I've never seen the IP method work. Generally one has to use a
> hostname who's IP is listed in /etc/hosts or whatever container is
> specified in your /etc/nsswitch.conf.

YES! It works with IP adress too!.

In the SS20 (with xtmgr) configure the SS4 as a XTerm. says:

> On Solaris, 'xdm' is not started by default (unless you are running CDE). You
> have to start xdm on the SS-20. You can either do this by putting a script in
> /etc/rc2.d or by having an entry in /etc/inittab. The command that has to be
> run is:
> /usr/openwin/bin/xdm -config <config_file>
> The default configuration file is /usr/openwin/lib/xdm/xdm-config.
> In the default configuration, xdm starts on the console also. If you don't
> want this, comment the line
> :0 Local local /usr/openwin/lib/xdm/StartOW :0
> in /usr/openwin/lib/xdm/Xservers.
And all works well :)

I tried to use xdm & dtlogin (if CDE installed). I prefer the dtlogin, the
login screen is more beautiful that old XDM :)

Thanxs all.


Fermin Molina Ibarz.
UdL Universitat de Lleida (Spain).

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