[ALUG] wake up GUI

Phil Thane phil at pthane.co.uk
Thu Oct 12 14:15:48 BST 2017

Mostly I just use the file manager, sometimes a web-browser rather than 
downloading something on the desktop and transferring it. 

I think I'm going to have to start from scratch though, somehow I've managed 
to lock myself out of Nextcloud and can't get back in without the MariaDB/SQL 
details, which were on a piece of paper that disappeared when we moved house!

Using the file manager a few days ago I copied the Nextcloud Data directory tp 
/home/phil with a view to re-installing the database and Nextcloud then 
putting the data back rather than re-syncing from the desktop which takes 
ages. Unfortunately I didn't check disk space, so now nothing works, not even 
VNC! I can still SSH into it so will delete the data backup and see if that 
gives me some control back, otherwise I can see a fresh install coming on.

The SSH X thing looks useful, not seen that before, I'll give it a go. Thanks.

Phil Thane

phil at pthane.co.uk
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07582 750607
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On Thursday, 12 October 2017 09:58:33 BST Chris Green wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 11, 2017 at 09:04:42PM +0100, Phil Thane wrote:
> > OK, I'm inviting trouble here but bear with me.
> > 
> > I run an old desktop PC, headless as a file/webserver. My wife's PC backs
> > up to it and I mirror most of my desktop on it using Nextcloud. My only
> > previous experience with web servers has been running Wordpress etc on
> > hosted platforms whee all the setup stuff is done via Cpanel. No Cpanel
> > on my DIY server though so to make life easier it runs a desktop distro
> > (currently Lubuntu) and VNC. I can do any admin via KRDC from my desktop.
> > 
> > During set up all this works OK, but the Lubuntu desktop goes blank after
> > a
> > few minutes inactivity, KRDC connects fine but all I see is black screen.
> > The only way I can find to get back in is to reboot (using SSH), restart
> > VNC then re-connect KRDC before the blackout kicks in.
> > 
> > A while ago I did this and tried to find a setting to keep the screen
> > alive for ever, as there's no actual screen attached it would make little
> > difference to power consumption. I thought I'd found it, but obviously
> > not as it still blanks. Anyone got any idea?
> > 
> > I'm not totally averse to CLI work, providing it's a simple command to
> > solve a specific issue like this, but I really don't want to learn how to
> > do everything I need to do on the server that way!
> What programs do you run to administer the server?
> You don't really need the whole desktop do you?  If not then you can
> run GUI programs on your desktop using ssh and X, e.g.:-
>     chris$ ssh -X esprimo
>     chris at esprimo$ sqliteman
>     Checking for  sqlite3 :
>     3.11.0 2016-02-15 17:29:24 3d862f207e3adc00f78066799ac5a8c282430a5f
>     Checking for Qt version:  4.8.7
>     Initial DB:  ""
>     chris at esprimo$
> This runs sqliteman on the *server* using your desktop for display,
> the same can be done with just about any GUI program.

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