Running X11 in MacOS-window-as-X11-display mode?

Richard L. Hamilton rlhamil at
Mon Dec 7 21:01:36 UTC 2020

At least on Catalina where I tried recently, it takes over whichever one you start an X11 client program in (if there were none open at that time, hiding the Mac apps behind it in that desktop. I suppose if you got that to happen in an otherwise empty desktop (or used the dock icon's Options->Assign to this desktop), it wouldn't be hiding anything of note, except the usual desktop background and the icons on it.

It's just not very elegant like that; it doesn't create a new desktop.

> On Dec 7, 2020, at 15:50, Lenore Horner <LenoreHorner at> wrote:
>> On Dec 7, 2020, at 15:41, Justin Vallon <justinvallon at <mailto:justinvallon at>> wrote:
>> That "full screen" mode takes over the entire display (hiding all other Mac applications).  I would like to have that X display within a Mac Window.
> Does full screen take over all the desktops or just one?  Can you use Mission Control to shift between desktops or do you need side-by-side views?
> Lenore

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