X11 Forwarding on SME

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X11 Forwarding with SSH is a feature which allows windows of a remotely started (X11) application to be shown on your own (PC) desktop.

It is typically used with an SSH client like PuTTYand a X11 Server like Xming installed on the PC.

You find more information about configuring PuTTY and Xmingin the External Links section below.

X11 forwarding is normally disabled on SME server. To enable X11 forwarding, execute the following commands:

mkdir -p /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/ssh/sshd_config/
cd       /etc/e-smith/templates-custom/etc/ssh/sshd_config/
echo X11Forwarding yes    > 50X11Forwarding
echo X11UseLocalhost yes  > 50X11UseLocalhost
expand-template /etc/ssh/sshd_config

Next we need to install the xauth package (from the base repository, so this should be enabled by default):

yum install xauth

The reboot is required to get the SSH server started properly with the forwarding enabled:

signal-event post-upgrade; signal-event reboot

External Links

Linux-TIP X11 Forwarding using SSH

PuTTY official Home Page

Wikipedia on PuTTY

Xming project website

Wikipedia on Xming X11 Server