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Old 07-01-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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Is Local GUI interface possible to a remote NON-GUI server?


I have been searching and can't find a clear answer to what I want to accomplish.

I am using SSH to connect to my ubuntu server located at a remote datacenter. The server is a VM and not running a GUI interface.

What I want is to make a connection over SSH to the server and have it feed data to a GUI on my Windows PC so that I don't have to sit here all day and type command lines.

Is this possible? Can someone provide a direction for me to research or info on how it can be done if you've done it before?

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Certainly, but you have to have the GUI applications installed on that server. When you set up the ssh connection, use the "-X" (X11 forwarding) option and it will set a value for $DISPLAY in the remote environment that the GUI application client will use to communicate with the X server on your local machine. I do it all the time, but the GUI application and any libraries it requires must be installed on that remote (possibly headless) machine.
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OK great! Thanks. I will research in that direction and figure it out!

thanks again!
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Remember in x the server and client is reversed.


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