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Old 01-02-2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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Running X in an SSH log-in

My friend is logged into his machine and he is using his GNOME Desktop happily. I am logined into his machine using SSH:
sumit@sumit:~$ who
sumit    :0           2009-01-02 10:10
sumit    pts/2        2009-01-02 17:25 (
that 2nd login showing my IP address is from SSH. Now when I want to open some program I get this:
sumit@sumit:~$ urxvt
Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

urxvt: can't open display :0, aborting.
which is fine as I using SSH I can work on command line only. I have 2 questions :

  • what if I want to use X program. Can I run it while logined using SSH ?
  • Can I open a new X program onto my friend's Desktop ?
Old 01-02-2009, 07:02 AM   #2
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what if I want to use X program. Can I run it while logined using SSH ?
ssh -X

It should do the job. You might want to check /etc/ssh/ssh_config. There's an option:
# ForwardX11 no
If this line was uncommented, it would not work, I guess


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