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Original author(s)Ethan Solomita, Peter Skopp, Ari Shamash[1]
Last release
2.0beta2 / 14 November 1997; 21 years ago (1997-11-14)[2]
Written inC
Operating systemX Window System
TypeTerminal multiplexer
LicenseMIT/X Consortium License[3]

xmove is a computer program that allows the movement of X Window System applications between different displays and the persistence of X applications across X server restarts.[4] It solves a problem in the design of X, where an X client (an X application) is tied to the X server (X display) it was started on for its lifetime. Also, if the X server is shut down, the client application is forced to stop running.

xmove lets the client disconnect from its current X server, and connect to a new one, at any time. The transition is completely transparent to the client. xmove works by acting as a proxy between the client and server. It is a "pseudoserver" which stores enough server state so that clients can connect to a new server without being disrupted.

See also[edit]

  • xpra — a more recent tool which is similar to xmove
  • guievict — a system for checkpointing and migrating the GUI of an X window application
  • the lbxproxy tool, which allows disconnecting and reconnecting


  1. ^ http://distcache.freebsd.org/ports-distfiles/xmove.2.0beta2.tar.gz archive. man/man1/xmove.1 file. Lines 175-180.
  2. ^ "Index of /pub/FreeBSD/ports/distfiles/". FreeBSD project download server. The FreeBSD Project. Retrieved 20 January 2012. xmove.2.0beta2.tar.gz    1997-Nov-14 01:05:34    624.2K    application/x-gzip.
  3. ^ Package sources
  4. ^ Solomita, Ethan; Kempf, James; Duchamp, Dan (1994). "XMOVE: A pseudoserver for X window movement". CiteSeerX Archived from the original (gzipped PostScript) on 1997-07-24.

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