I am running XBMC on my Ubuntu. But from time to time, I have to VNC into my system to do some maintenance. I then have to minimize my XBMC first.

Can I connect to another workspace instead?

Somewhere I read that I can connect to port 5901, 5902 and so on. But it does not work. I do not wish to install any other VNC server as I want to keep a lean setup, but I am open to options.

Thanks for answering.

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    Have you read here? superuser.com/questions/32455/virtual-vnc-screen-workspace – jasmines Feb 7 '13 at 15:23
  • This method just shows a small command line window. – vikas112 Feb 13 '13 at 15:57
  • This is very handy question, I'd like to bind VNC server (i.e. x11vnc) to the specific workspace (#2) and while working on workspace #1 I'll be able to watch debug windows from workspace #2 on the VNC client machine. This can't be solved by sessions because all applications will originate from one session. – dmnc Jan 27 '15 at 10:41

You could always use X11 forwarding over SSH. This will let you run both commandline and GUI tools.

To do this on Linux or OSX run: ssh user@host -X

Then run whatever you need from there.

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I don't think it's possible to connect to another workspace on the current session. However, is is possible to have multiple sessions.

You could setup x11vnc + xinetd to achive your goal. The setup is not non-trivial, but there is a nice FAQ section at http://www.karlrunge.com/x11vnc/faq.html#faq-userlogin

The link jasmines provided seems to be a solution as well.

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  • Jasmines link works but it only enables a command line window. – vikas112 Feb 13 '13 at 15:58

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