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Run any GUI program remotely

Terminal - Run any GUI program remotely
ssh -fX <user>@<host> <program>
2009-03-10 15:02:35
User: prayer
Functions: ssh
Run any GUI program remotely
ssh -X example.org xeyes

The SSH server configuration requires:

X11Forwarding yes # this is default in Debian

And it's convenient too:

Compression delayed


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Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

Use -Y not -X (yes the ssh devs are silly).

ssh -f -Y $USER@$HOSTNAME xeyes
Comment by pixelbeat 319 weeks and 4 days ago

advantageous also to use the -C compression flag, so communications travel faster across the web

Comment by linuxrawkstar 319 weeks and 4 days ago

it works on cygwin too, as long as you startx first and run it from the xterm. very awesome. the awesomeness is abundant with this one.

Comment by linuxrawkstar 319 weeks and 4 days ago

the ssh server needs the following option to be turned on:

X11Forwarding yes

otherwise it wont work.

Comment by dizzgo 319 weeks and 3 days ago

still lovin this one

Comment by linuxrawkstar 303 weeks and 2 days ago

Windows users will need an X client installed. I recommend xming-mesa http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/files/ See instructions here https://www.cs.utk.edu/help//doku.php?id=remote:putty

Comment by tobiasboon 302 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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