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I have an ssh -X connection to another host (say B) on my company network. I want to access a web page accessible only through B. Is there a way I can bring up a web browser like Firefox from the command line?
Thank you v much!
it works! except if i m logged in as root -- it gives the following error
Warning: This program is an suid-root program or is being run by the root user.
The full text of the error or warning message cannot be safely formatted
in this environment. You may get a more descriptive message by running the
program as a non-root user or by removing the suid bit on the executable.
xterm Xt error: Can't open display: %s
You can run Firefox locally (not on remote machine B) and have it use machine B as a proxy. This will be faster than running FireFox on machine B and sending it's display back to your local machine via X forwarding (especially if you have a slow connection).
Check out the -D option to ssh. You configure local Firefox to use your local machine (and the local port you specified with the -D option to ssh) as a SOCKS proxy.
Well, don't tell it to use port 80! That's indeed a priviledged port, as the error message says. Anything below 1024 is considered priviledged. Only root can start processes that LISTEN on priviledged ports. Just pick some other unused port above 1024.