NO SUMMARY: X windows with Solaris and Mac OS X through ssh

From: Jim Winkle <>
Date: Thu Jul 15 2004 - 11:38:42 EDT
I received three responses, all from people who can replicate this
problem, but no solutions.

If anyone has gotten this to work (Solaris CDE through ssh displaying on
Mac OS X), I'd love to hear from them. It ought to "just work". Original
message below.

Jim Winkle, UNIX System Administrator    UW-Madison, DoIT                    3175 CS&S, 1210 W. Dayton St.
262-9507                        -- GCG Wisconsin Package for sequence analysis

---------- Original message ----------
Don't know if this is a Solaris or Mac OS X issue, but the error message
is showing up on Solaris (ya gotta love integration problems)....

A user on my Solaris 8 system has a Macintosh on their desk running 10.3.4.
He starts X11 on his Mac, and successfully connects to Solaris through
xterm using 'ssh -X'. The DISPLAY is correct (like localhost:11.0), and he
can successfully run individual X applications that display on his Mac. So
far, so good.

However, he can't run the whole session manager. When he tries running
/usr/dt/bin/dtsession, he receives the following error:

    X Error of failed request:  BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)
      Major opcode of failed request:  128 (XINERAMA)
      Minor opcode of failed request:  2 (XINERAMAGetScreenCount)
      Resource id in failed request:  0x0
      Serial number of failed request:  116
      Current serial number in output stream:  116

When he tries running /usr/dt/bin/Xsession, he sees:
    Starting the
    Common Desktop Environment
    CDE Version 1.4

with the Solaris welcome splashpage and an hourglass. This splash page stays
up for four minutes, then disappears.

Miscellany: I can replicate all of this on another Mac, whether or not I'm using
full screen mode in Mac X11. The version of OpenSSH is 3.7.1p1 on the Solaris box.
This kind of thing works just fine under Windows (using SecureCRT for X forwarding
and an X Server).

If anyone has gotten Mac OS X to run the session manager on Solaris in this way,
or has any suggestions, please let me know. I'll definately post a summary for
future googlers.
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