Cygwin/X - cannot display

Pavel Rosenboim pavelr at
Wed Dec 10 16:21:48 UTC 2003

Chris Grau wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 09:34:42AM -0600, Steven Stern wrote:
>  > I'm having difficulties using X apps from the Fedora box on my Windows
>  > desktop.  When I load Cygwin/X, start an SSH connected to the Fedora 
> box and
>  > type "xchat", I see "Cannot access display".  I thought it might be a 
> firewall
>  > issue, so I disabled firewalls on both boxes but got no improvement.  I
>  > thought it might be an X issue on Fedora, but when I boot the Windows 
> box
>  > using Knoppix, I can run X apps via SSH. 
>  >
>  > So, does anyone know what tweak needs to be made to Cygwin/X to get 
> it to work
>  > with Fedora through SSH?
> I find that, in Cygwin, I need to use the -X option when opening an ssh
> session to my Fedora box.  After that, X apps "just work."
> -chris
file /etc/ssh_config as shipped in fedora has a line ForwardX11 "yes", 
but in Cygwin installation there is no such line.

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