[blfs-support] remote display

Arnie Stender astender777 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 12 19:48:22 PST 2016

On 03/12/2016 02:47 PM, Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Here you go.
> First, the server has to support X.  In /etc/ssh/sshd_config you 
> should have:
> X11Forwarding yes
> #X11DisplayOffset 10
> X11UseLocalhost no
> XAuthLocation /opt/xorg/bin/xauth  (if Xorg is installed in /opt)
> If a change is needed, reload sshd.  (/etc/init.d/sshd reload)
> On the client side:
> ~/.ssh/config
> ineresting
> Host  (ip of remote or name is in /etc/hosts)
> ForwardX11Trusted yes
> ForwardX11 yes
> ========
> If you run 'ssh -v  remote', you should see
> debug1: Requesting X11 forwarding with authentication spoofing.
> Do NOT change DISPLAY.  You do not need the xhost command either. The 
> sever will set DISPLAY to
> remote:10.0
> If you have multiple sessions, it will change to remote:11.0, 12, 13, 
> etc.
> That's what the default X11DisplayOffset above does.
> Then just run something like xclock and it should come up on your client.
> Note that gtk+3 based apps will not display properly.  They don't look 
> up settings on the remote system and look horrible, although they do 
> run.  I think they need something on the local system, but I have yet 
> to figure that out. ineresting
> You can also troubleshoot the sshd daemon.  You have to run on the 
> remote system '/usr/sbin/sshd -d'  and it puts debug info to the 
> screen and the daemon does not go to the background.  That's how I 
> figured out that XAuthLocation was needed.
>   -- Bruce
     I find all this VERY interesting. I was surprised to see the 
UseLocalHost set to no. Both sides on my machines were set to yes. There 
were some other things I changed in the config files like mine had PAM 
turned on and I don't use PAM. None of that seemed to make a difference. 
I did the ssh -v and the sshd -d and didn't see the XAuthLocation you 
saw. But since I tried everything else you have here and it still wasn't 
working I included a line like you have here even though there was no 
such line in the file. The others were all there although some were 
commented out and needed to be UN-commented and changed. I added the 
xauth line with the usr/bin/xauth path and restarted sshd. Works like a 
charm. Thank you so much for helping me work through this. It will help 

     And thanks to all the others who sent me links and copies of the 
post. I will now have to go look at the archives again and try and find 
out why I couldn't find the post. The way the page reads it sounded like 
using the search would work best so that is what I did. I searched on 
the subject line and it brought back nothing of what I wanted to see but 
it did bring back a lot of posts from the right time frame. I didn't see 
anywhere I could tell which list to search but I probably missed that 
like I have other things. :-( Thanks again to all.


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