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Re: Running 3.0 remotely

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  • Subject: [mg13750] Re: Running 3.0 remotely
  • From: "P.J. Hinton" <paulh>
  • Date: Mon, 24 Aug 1998 05:07:03 -0400
  • Organization: "Wolfram Research, Inc."
  • References: <6r0ul4$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

On 14 Aug 1998, Joel Cannon wrote:

> Can someone tell me how to run mathematica 3.0 remotely (or if it is
> possible)? I am visiting
> a  school which has mathematica on a couple of computers but not on any
> in my area. I have been unable to run mathematica on the remote
> machines (it doesn't find the fonts it needs) but have run it
> successfully using a small xterm. 
> Can the fonts be loaded on clients without violating the license? 

The fonts need to be in a directory that resides on the font path of the
X server of the machine where you are actually sitting.  Section 4.5 of
the Mathematica 3.0 System Administrator's Guide addresses the issues
of fonts under X Window.  Subsection 4.5.5 seems to indicate that a
local installation of fonts is permissible if it is for the purposes of
displaying an X client running remotely on another host.  However, you
can also avoid the local installation through the use of a font server.

See Chapter 6 of the _X Window System User's Guide_ by Valerie Quercia
and Tim O'Reilly (ISBN 1-56592-015-5) for a good discussion of how to
handle fonts under X.

P.J. Hinton
Mathematica Programming Group           paulh at Wolfram
Research, Inc.        
Disclaimer: Opinions expressed herein are those of the author alone.

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