How Do I

Use Exceed

to display Unix XWindows on my Windows NT/2000 Desktop ? 


Setting up Exceed 7.0 on Windows 2000:

If you already have Exceed installed, you can skip to the usage section..

To Install Exceed, do the following:

  1. From HCS-Install, browse to the "Installation\Workstation Software\LabSoftware\Phd Apps\eXceed\eXceed7.0" folder. Double-click the "exceed70.exe" file.
  2. Click "Start" to uncompress the "exceed70.exe" archive. After all the files are installed, click "OK" to the "All files have been extracted" dialog. The Hummingbird Setup Wizard will run.
  3. Click "Next" to continue. If you accept the license agreement, click "I agree...", then "Next". Click next for the following windows, assuming setup information is correct. The Typical install is sufficient.
  4. For the "Xconfig" Password window, you do not need to set a password. Click next to continue. Click "yes" to run Xperf. Do not do anything with your computer during this process, which will take 5 or so minutes to complete.
  5. Click "Finish" to end the installation process.



To Use Exceed, do the following:

  1. If this was installed into the default location, open the "Hummingbird Connectivity V7.0" menu from the Program menu in Windows. Open the "Exceed" menu. Click the "Exceed" program. It will be useful to create a shortcut to this program on the desktop or Windows Toolbar.

  2. The splash image for Exceed should display while the program is running. Once Exceed has launched, it will sit passively on the Toolbar, waiting for incoming X connections. (You can cause Exceed to show up next to the clock as a small icon, thus removing it from the toolbar, by right-clicking on the Exceed toolbar button, then left-clicking "Tools", then "Hide Main Icon"). Exceed must be running for X applications to display at your workstation.

  3. Open an SSH connection to any Unix server you have an account for and log in to the server. Run any Unix application you have permission to run which uses a GUI (graphical user interface). Applications which use a GUI include `nwrecover`, `xclock`, etc...

  4. Whenever you exit a GUI program, Exceed may say "This may end your X client session." This is normal, click OK to exit.
  5. To exit Exceed, right-click on the toolbar button or icon, click "File", then "Exit".


Advanced setup:

The key is to make sure the "display number" of Exceed matches the DISPLAY environment variable set during you Unix session. This is setup by default on HCS Unix servers, but can be modified accordingly:

  1. (For C Shell (csh, tcsh) users), `setenv DISPLAY IPAddress:display#`. For example,
    setenv DISPLAY

  2. Right-click the Exceed toolbar button or icon. Click "Tools", "Configuration..." Double-click the "Communication" satellite dish-shaped icon. The "Mode" should be "Passive", the "Display Number" is 0 by default. The DISPLAY environment variable's "display#" must match this.

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