I'm using Cygwin to login to my lubuntu box:

ssh -y *user*@

I can easily use byobu to redeem my cli session. Is there a way to move a running window from display :0.0 to my remote session (:10.0)?

I ask because my lubuntu box is hooked to the HDTV in the living room, and I give my kids priority to do their educational stuff on the big screen. I then (try to) pick up where I left off on a netbook Cygwin session. Usually I have to quit everything and restart on the netbook.

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    Move? I'm not sure, but if you want to run a new application, run it like this: DISPLAY=:10 foo
    – MiJyn
    Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 19:21
  • Thanks, @lkjoel. I had been trusting applications to be GTK aware and ran them like this: foo -display :10.0.
    – fabyouless
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 16:02

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No, there's no way to attach a running application to another X display. The X protocol mandates that clients exit when they lose connection to the X server.

  • Thank you, @Dennis. I will remember this. Perhaps I will find a way to restart a client on a different X display.
    – fabyouless
    Commented Nov 16, 2012 at 16:05

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