[Archive] How to improve the interactive use of SPIS on a remote computer (through an X11 export)

Message by julien:
Dear SPIS’s users,
Many users complain that the GUI becomes very slow when it is used through a remote display (i.e. X11 export), which can be painful when you want to run interactively SPIS on a remote server.
This is due to the advanced look-and-feel selected by default on the recent SPIS versions.
To avoid this problem, just follow the procedure here below:

  1. Open the remote connection and authorise the X display export (i.e ssh -X login@remoteserver)

  2. Run SPIS in interactive mode on the remote display, as usual. The GUI should appear (can be long)

  3. In the menu, “Preference”->“Look and Feel”, select “Nimbus”, wait the GUI be updated and, then, re-select “Metal”, which is the lightest and most efficient look-and-feel in such context.

  4. Wait the GUI be updated. The GUI should be now reactive enough to be used.
    However, the final performances will remain limited by the network configuration and functions with a demanding rendering may remain slower than in the case of a local use. Last, the 3D functions may still be not supported in some cases, e.g. the remote and the locate systems does not share the same OpenGL configuration.
    This message as been posted on the forum and following questions of several advanced SPIS’s users in the frame of SPIS-Services.
    The SPIS Team.

Message by EW:
The “Preferences” button is grayed out, so I can’t do this. Is there another way?

Message by ruard:
Dear Emily,
You can use the “metal” look and feel in SPIS if you use the following command line:
./Spis.sh -m
Benjamin jeanty ruard