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Old 03-24-2008, 11:32 PM   #1
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Forward OS/X apps over ssh?

I've gotten the hang of X-forwarding with linux and windows, or at least, forwarding apps from linux to linux or to windows.

Now I'm trying to forward apps (say, Pages or iTunes) from Mac OS/X to linux. Is this possible? I've heard OS X uses a modified X server, so I'm hoping it can work.

Right now I'm just doing ssh -X jake@ to log in. I edited /etc/sshd_config to allow X forwarding, and got xclock to run, but nothing macish like Pages.

When I run something like "open" or "open -a pages", nothing happens. Running "/Applications/iWork '08/" gives me:
_RegisterApplication(), FAILED TO establish the default connection to the WindowServer, _CGSDefaultConnection() is NULL.
And then it hangs until a ^c.

Thanks for any help!

Last edited by djeikyb; 03-24-2008 at 11:37 PM.
Old 03-25-2008, 02:39 AM   #2
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As far as I know, MacOS uses modified X server only for easier porting of X apps. So lots of native apps ignore it. Maybe will help..


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