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I am running the TermUX application on an Android 10 smartphone, and can type in it with my Logitech K480 keyboard. I want to run a window manager like fvwm (see fvwm.org).

I have found an article on the internet which seems to mention i can run VNC server and client or XSDL although the latter is unstable, but as far as I understand I can only do this if i have a separate computer running the server, and then my Android smartphone can run the client window manager from TermUX after changing the DISPLAY environment variable

Is this correct?

How can I run an X Server in TermUX and then simply run the window manager with the startx command like in Linux?

Thanks.

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    Termux is a terminal emulator. Original implementation of X Server runs on a Virtual Terminal (kernel console). Is your kernel built with VTs and Framebuffer Console (physical display) support? Most probably no. So you need an Android specific X Server (like the almost abandoned XServer XSDL app) or need to run the original X Server in headless mode which directs its output to a virtual display like VNC. You can then run a VNC client app on localhost (the Android device itself) or some other host on the network (like a PC) to receive the display and interact with the GUI environment. Feb 21 '21 at 14:42
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    Btw X Server programs are built for PCs. Most of them aren't very usable even on a 10-inch tablet screen. So X server running on a phone isn't of much practical use. That's what my experience is. I run Linux distros on Android devices but only with CLI controls. Feb 21 '21 at 14:48
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    Termux officially supports the two methods I mentioned above to run X Server: github.com/termux/x11-packages#using-x11-on-termux. But if your device is rooted and want to try your luck with the existing framebuffer support, start from here: github.com/meefik/linuxdeploy/…. However FB isn't very likely to work with the standard Linux tools because its functionality is very limited or non-standard in many cases and Android relies on closed-source HALs provided by OEMs for most of its interaction with hardware components. Feb 21 '21 at 15:47
  • Afaik what OP is asking for is not possible, however the hacky solution @Irfan Latif mentioned is, and is also given in the termux wiki(wiki.termux.com/wiki/Graphical_Environment) Feb 22 '21 at 4:13
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You can run either an x-server or a vnc-client on the same Android device you have installed termux on. You don't have to use another device for that.

Instructions are available here https://wiki.termux.com/wiki/Graphical_Environment

I suggest you use VNC instead of an x-server.

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