network freebsd computers

Chad Perrin perrin at
Tue Sep 22 21:54:52 UTC 2009

On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 09:51:42PM +0200, Roland Smith wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 03:35:44PM -0400, Carmel NY wrote:
> > > Typically I would be doing this sitting behind one of those machines
> > > with the X window system running and a local terminal and a terminal
> > > running ssh to the other machine open.
> > 
> > I have not experimented with that yet. If needed, would I be able to
> > run a program that required a GUI on the remote machine, or would I
> > need to install and load all the "X" programs also?
> You can run a program on the remote machine and have it display on your local
> machine. If you set the DISPLAY variable on the remote machine to point to
> your local machine it should work, provided that you are not blocking the
> ports used by X (6000-6063, IIRC). You can also use xon(1) to start an X
> program on a remote machine. Keep in mind that not all X protocol extensions
> are supported over the network, though. You will need the X11 libraries on the
> remote machine, but not the server. If you are connecting via ssh, you can
> also configure that to allow X11 forwarding, if you want to keep the
> connection secure.

I keep X forwarding disabled in configuration and, when necessary, enable
it for one specific connection using the -X option for SSH.

Chad Perrin [ original content licensed OWL: ]
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