X-windows is a method for running programs remotely on a Unix/Linux system, especially programs with a graphical user interface (e.g. windowing programs). It's also know as X11 or simply "X."
If you would like to install something other than MobaXterm to use XWindows (X11) on the MSU HPCC, you may follow these instructions for XMing. A related video tutorial can also be found here: Video Tutorial - XMing
Make sure you have successfully logged into HPCC at least once before trying this tutorial. The reason for this is that the first time you log into HPCC your password gets imported from the main MSU password server. For some reason, this special case causes Xming to not prompt correctly for a password.
Two programs are needed to run HPCC applications in X on your local machine: ssh client and and X Server. For this tutorial we will show you how this is done using PuTTY and Xming.
We have chosen Xming and PuTTY as easy opensource (free) solutions.
At this point you should have a running X-server and you should see the Xming logo in the system tray (next to the clock). This X logo tells you that you have a running X-server and it is ready to connect using an ssh program (such as PuTTY). Any local ssh program should work as long as X11 tunneling is enabled. For this tutorial we will show how to connect using the XLanch program supplied with Xming.
Running any X-server from off campus can be very slow depending on your connection speed.
You can type any of the following in your xterm window to open up new programs:
The and symbol '&' at the end of a command tells the terminal to run the command and do not wait for the command to finish. This lets you keep using the terminal at the same time as your new command.
If you have having issues getting XLaunch to work, please try reviewing Xming's Xlaunch Failure known issue page.