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Old 11-02-2004, 05:28 AM   #1
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Hull - England
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x server over ssh?


on my server i run a ssh sever which runs great put i was wondering if it is passable to run my x server over a ssh connection so i can use my server from college?

at college it is all win 2k! but i have downloaded an ssh client which runs with no problems but when i run the command startx i get a few error messages, is it passable to run it that way and if so what .conf file to i have to edit to allow me to use it over a ssh connection.

i will be grateful for any help

thanks in advance

Old 11-02-2004, 06:02 AM   #2
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So you want to to run x programs at your college using your x-server at home right?

You could use x-forwarding (with putty for example) but you need to have an x-server running at the client end, i.e. at college. Perhaps vnc is more what you want. You can use a vnc-viewer to work with your desktop remotely. Google that, there's several versions out there.

Old 11-02-2004, 06:18 AM   #3
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You want to use your X11-programs at a win box?

You need X-server running locally on your local machine (terminal/win box). X sever is the program which physically controls screen, mouse, keyboard etc. and it has obviously to reside in the computer where those devices are attached to. The terminology is a bit confusing though: your programs, running in your server, are X-clients, and X-server is running in your terminal which is a client with respect to your server.

I have used cygwin (installation may be a bit complicated though). It has most of the unix tools, including bash and ssh. Unfortunately I don't know vnc.




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