ssh and X11 problem

Peter Boosten peter at
Wed Dec 31 18:21:59 UTC 2008

On 31 dec 2008, at 19:01, Peter Boosten <peter at> wrote:

> Glen Barber wrote:
>> On Wed, 2008-12-31 at 12:54 -0500, stan wrote:
>>> On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 12:41:48PM -0500, Glen Barber wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 2008-12-31 at 12:35 -0500, stan wrote:
>>>>> I just built a new 7.1 machine, and when I ssh from a Linux box  
>>>>> to it I get
>>>>> the following errors:
>>>>> usr/local/bin/xauth: (stdin):1:  bad display name "unix:10.0" in  
>>>>> "remove"
>>>>> command
>>>>> /usr/local/bin/xauth: (stdin):2:  bad display name "unix:10.0"  
>>>>> in "add"
>>>>> command
>>>>> And I cannit get ssh to foward the X protocol. Yes I have added
>>>>> ForwardX11 yes to /etc/ssh/ssh_config
>>>>> What am I doing wrong?
>>>> I assume you have xserver on the FreeBSD box?  Check your display  
>>>> name.
>>>> I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be 'hostname:0:0'.
>>> Perhaps I was not clear. Yes I do have the X server running on the  
>>> FreeBSD
>>> machine, but that should not matter, as I am ssh'ing _from_ the  
>>> Linux box
>>> which does have a working X server on it also, and can ssh to other
>>> machines  and get X fowarded corectly.
>> You need an xserver to connect *to*, which is why I asked.
> Nope, not true: you can ssh to  client without x server (from an X
> server) and start x clients to display on your local machine.
> Through the ssh session, your display will be localhost:10:0
> Peter

After re-reading Glens remark he's actually right: the client connects *
to* the server, however the confusion starts when connecting to the  
client with ssh.


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