X11 forwarding on Slackware
Many times I wanted X11 forwarding to be as simple as
ssh -x host; run program.
Until today, that never worked for me. But today I was in the mood to
try to make it work somehow.
It turns out, it can be made to work that way, and it’s super easy. The thing is that X11 forwarding via SSH is disabled by default (which is very reasonable setting, BTW). To enable it, just open /etc/ssh/sshd_config on the remote host (where you want to run the applications) and make sure it contains the following lines (uncommented):
AllowTcpForwarding yes X11Forwarding yes X11DisplayOffset 10 X11UseLocalhost yes
Once you save the file, restart sshd to pick up the new config:
And you’re done. On your local host, just run ssh with -X or -Y parameter. The difference is this:
-X Enables X11 forwarding. -Y Enables trusted X11 forwarding. Trusted X11 forwardings are not subjected to the X11 SECURITY extension controls.
Gosh, think about all the times I’ve done things in much more frustrating way (via VNC for example).Tweet to @mbabuskov Tweet Milan Babuškov, 2009-06-18