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X11-forwarding of OFM installation GUIs in Solaris 11 Intel

by Laurens van der Starre on May 8, 2012 · 3 comments

I noticed when working on a Solaris 11 Intel machine that x11-forwarding works a bit differently than in Linux apparently. My benchmark is always:  if I can run xclock on the server, and the xclock window opens on my client (desktop) machine, then X11 screen forwarding works.

However, Oracle’s installation GUIs for Fusion Middlware don’t adhere to that rule on Solaris 11. Although xclock opens prefectly, these “GUIs made in Java”  don’t.  Normally I’m not scared of command line interfaces, but these Fusion Middleware CLIs are a thing apart 😉

The solution is simple: you’ll need these libraries/packages on Solaris, and then everything works perfectly:

  • libxi
  • libxtst
  • libxrender
  • xauth

Install them using:

pkg install <package>

as root of course.

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Jonathan Garrido August 30, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Kudos to you. It really works!!!




Aaron April 4, 2013 at 9:48 pm

did you have to set any enviroment variables for the java based guis to find the packages/libraries? I have the same issue – xclock, xterm,etc work fine with X11 forwarding but the upgrade assistants in FMW will not run, they complain about not being able to connect to the X11 server in the display variable. thanks!


Laurens van der Starre April 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

Hi Aaron,

No, I haven’t set any other environment variables. Did you relogin after installing xauth? is your client Windows 7? Maybe there is something related to this post: ?


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