VNC + SSH question..

Garrett Cooper youshi10 at
Wed Aug 31 01:24:49 GMT 2005

On Aug 31, 2005, at 9:22 AM, Eric Murphy wrote:

> Hey guys had a SSH forward question so here goes...
> I have 2 computers on my lan one of them is a server and the other  
> is my desktop.
> Desktop
> Server
> Now I have port forwarding setup on my crappy linksys router so 22  
> is pointing to my Server (
> My question is this...
> I would like to tightVNC to my Desktop ( forwarding  
> it through SSH.  Now from what I understand If my router was  
> pointing to my desktop this would not be a problem at all.  All I  
> would have to do is SSH to my IP while forwarding 22 to 5900.   
> However I cant do it this way since 22 is pointing to my server.   
> So I figured I would ssh into my server and issue a command such as  
> ssh  -L22: however once im in and I  
> run vncview it obivoiusly can be displayed becuase Im not running X  
> on the server.  Am I way off here? Is there a way to do this? Will  
> I need to forward 22 on my router to the desktop as well as server?  
> Is there a way to connect to my server thats not running X and some  
> how vnc into my desktop?
> On the remote machines I'd be useing PuTTY for windows and SSH on  
> Linux box's.  Prehaps someone can give me a step by step guide?
> Thanks.

To my knowledge TightVNC doesn't support access to X via the :0'th  
display. That may be your problem and not your port forwarding setup,  
because it appears-at least to me-that it is correct. So, try a  
different display or if you want access via display :0 try x11vnc.  
Note that it may be considered more of a security issue since it  
would connect directly to your desktop's display.

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