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I would like to run a linux server without starting its X server. Indeed, it will be always accessed with a X terminal (e.g. Xming), i.e. the X server runs on client's machine.

I have not been able to run GDM without the local login screen so far, which is useless. It there a way to only start the xdm server without the local X server?

It seems it has something to do [servers] section in /etc/gdm/custom.conf.

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Then what do you need gdm for? –  Michael Hampton Nov 13 '13 at 21:20
Xming is an X server that runs on windows, I don't think it can function as an X server for a Linux system. Maybe rephrase your question with what you're practically trying to accomplish. –  Cory J Nov 13 '13 at 21:25
@MichaelHampton: window manager selection and user login –  Julio Guerra Nov 13 '13 at 21:30
@CoryJ: I already use Xming as X server for the server but logging in with ssh, not GDM, and selecting the window manager with .xinitrc –  Julio Guerra Nov 13 '13 at 21:32

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