XDMCP settings

Settings for the [WWW]XDMCP mode. This mode is the most problematic, is not secure, and usually requires altering of the remote machine's settings. Remote Display Managers listen for the XDMCP protocol will send and receive data on port 177/UDP. But the actual connections will be made to the local port 6000+n /TCP, where n is the display number.

Connect to host

Enables XDMCP and sends Query packets to the specified host.

Use indirect connect

Enables XDMCP and sends IndirectQuery packets to the specified host. This host presents a chooser box of several hosts or sends ForwardQuery to another host depending on how it's X Display Manager is configured (via Xaccess file entries).

Search for hosts (broadcast)

Enables XDMCP and broadcasts BroadcastQuery packets to the network. The first responding display manager will automatically be chosen for the session.

Terminate on server reset

Shut down the X server after logging out of the XDMCP server, rather than returning to it's login screen.

XDMCP remote settings

A quick guide to setting insecure XDMCP mode on a remote machine running kdm, gdm, xdm or wdm...

On the remote *nix machine edit the following files, restart the X Display Manager.

Troubleshooting XDMCP

If you are having problems use Wireshark or equivalent to monitor UDP traffic on the remote host and look for the sequence Query 177/UDP, Willing x/UDP, Request 177/UDP, Accept x/UDP, Manage 177/UDP and see where it stops. If it gets through the sequence then test with local and remote xeyes in multiwindow mode, because the Display Manager acts just like an X client from then on in to provide its login window.