ssh -X shop problem...

Gordon Messmer yinyang at
Tue Nov 28 00:37:18 UTC 2006

Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Monday 27 November 2006 11:37, Gordon Messmer wrote:
> Ok, but today, I logged in as gene (init=5 or whatever the gui login is on 
> kubuntu, and ran it from the local keyboard out there long enough to 
> carve a blast shield out of brass plate to deflect the ignition blast 
> away from the bottom of the scope mounted on a T-C Black Diamond 50 
> calibre black powder rifle.  So what I'm saying is that there was no X 
> server running on that box until I logged in, yet the forwarding worked 
> well when I ssh -X gene$shop as root here.  So you are correct in that I 
> don't understand it at all well.

I'm not sure I understand the point you're trying to make.  Maybe you 
could restate that in the form of a question? :)

> I wondered about that in the past, so I'll pull that back out of rc.local 
> just for test the next time I reboot this box.

You're doing what in rc.local?

>> You have two options.  First, and most simple, just run ssh as the user
>> that you're logged in as:
>> ssh -X gene at shop
> Which works well.

Good, do that. :)

>> If you have some reason to do otherwise, you'll have to use xhost to
>> allow connections from anyone on localhost:
>> xhost +localhost
>> su gene
>> ssh -X shop
> And this would also work?  Kewl.

Yes, I think so, but it's both more complicated and less secure.  I'm 
not sure why you'd go that route.

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