The Question is:
I can remotely access my Alphas via X-Windows, using the following command,
once I've added the Alpha's IP address to my x-host list.
@sys$system:pcx$server 4,0,0,tcpip,192.168.0.20 decw$session
Is there a way that I can access Motif (i.e. the CDE) via a remote X-Session,
instead of the older DEC-Windows manager? If so, what would that command be?
The Answer is :
Use of PCX$SERVER implies use of a PATHWORKS 32 client package known
as eXcursion. eXcursion provides an X Windows server for Microsoft
DECwindows is built on and is compatible with X Windows, and provides
the older XUI, Motif and CDE interfaces depending on the version and
the configuration. If you see DECwindows displayed, then you have an
operational X Windows connection.
Accordingly, please determine how the system is configured as it would
appear that the DECwindows software is very old, or (probably somewhat
more likely) that the CDE interface has been disabled in favour of the
For configuration information and for the steps involved in selecting
Motif as the default interface (since you might possibly need to reverse
this configuration), please see the OpenVMS FAQ.
Topics within the OpenVMS FAQ of interest will include:
Why is DECwindows Motif not starting?
How do I customize DECwindows, including the login screen?
You will also want to familiarize yourself with DCL commands such as
SET DISPLAY, and with examples of DCL programming such as that shown
over in topic (5409) here in Ask The Wizard.