ssh and X11 problem

stan stanb at
Wed Dec 31 19:11:29 UTC 2008

On Wed, Dec 31, 2008 at 01:32:23PM -0500, Glen Barber wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-12-31 at 13:02 -0500, stan wrote:
> > On the FreeBSD machine? I may be confused, but I think that on the FreeBSD
> > machine the "client" tassk (eg xclock) is run, and it is pointed to the
> > server on the machine that I am connecting _from_. Am I confused?
> > 
> The task runs on the host machine (using the Xserver) and is forwarded
> over SSH to the client machine.  The "client task" you refer to is on
> the "host" machine.  
The terms sever, and client are backwards from the intuitve expectaion in
the X world. The "server" is the process (X) taht actually updates the
screen with graphics (eg draw box). The "client" is the process that wisfes
to access the serrver to put somehting on the screen (eg xclcok). So, in
this case the "server" is on the Linux machine, and the client(s0 are on
the FreeBSD machine.

For the record, I solved the problem. Thier was no "hostname" entry in
/etc/rc.conf. hostname returned nothig. Fixing this, and rebooting cured
this problem.

Thaks to veryone for making me think this through.

Now, if somebady cna just give me a clue on the scanner issue (see seperate

One of the main causes of the fall of the roman empire was that, lacking
zero, they had no way to indicate successful termination of their C

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