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Configuring ReflectionX

There are three basic components to configuring ReflectionX. The first two are for a typical installation.

The third component is for an additional configuration (OpenGL, fontservers, etc.).

Set Up SSH for ReflectionX

If you are running ReflectionX version 10 or later, start up ReflectionX. In the X Manager window under Client connection settings, select OPENSSH as the method, then enter the hostname of the computer you want to connect to and your username.

If you are running ReflectionX version 9 or earlier, follow the steps below to set up for SSH.

  1. Start up ReflectionX.
  2. Select New Local Connection from the Connection tab:

    New local connection

  3. In the Description field, enter an appropriate name. A good choice would be the name of the SSH program (for example, SSH Secure Shell or PuTTY).
  4. Click Browse and look for the executable file for the SSH program.
    1. SSH Secure Shell is usually installed in AC:\Program Files\SSH Communications Security\SSH Secure Shell\SshClient.exe.
    2. PuTTY does not have a default installation location, but you might want to put it in C:\Program Files\PuTTY\putty.exe.

      A window similar to the one below will appear.

      Local connection
  5. Click on one of the pre-existing bookmarks located on the left half of the main Reflection window. An X Client Manager window will appear:

    (reflection-save-connection-file.png)
  6. Click Yes. In the Save As window that pops up, enter the name of the bookmark. We recommend using a short name, for example, SSH (generic), to show that the bookmark is for SSH connections and can be used to connect to any machine. Click Save.

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Select the "Reflection" Windows Manager for ReflectionX

Select Window Manager under the Settings tab.

Settings Window

Make sure the Microsoft Windows desktop and Reflection Window Manager radio buttons are selected.

Use relection-menu

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Use A Fontserver With ReflectionX

Under the Settings tab, select Fonts.

Setting fonts

In the box under Subdirectories and font servers, enter the names of your font servers in the format tcp/(name of font server):7100. For example, if you are using mathematica, you will need to add rcfontserv, so enter tcp/rcfontserv:7100 (at the end of the text box). 

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Get OpenGL Rendering With ReflectionX

OpenGL rendering is turned on by default in ReflectionX.

If you are getting OpenGL errors, you can check to see if OpenGL support has been disabled. To do this, select Server under the Settings tab.

Server settings

Make sure that Enable GLX Extension has been checked:

OpenGL checkbox

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Get Help With Window Managers and ReflectionX

ReflectionX can use two different window managers:

  • The local MS-windows Window Manager.
  • The local Reflection Window Manager (the default).

For many applications, you will not have any problems, but you may experience some problems with this window manager and may prefer to use the Reflection Window Manager. For example, some java applications may take away your window manager, leaving you with undecorated windows on the screen that you cannot move or easily close.

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Last Updated: 8/23/10