Running X Applications From Home

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--Thiebaut 17:13, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Case 1: You have a Mac at home

  • This will create a new utility on your computer.
  • Run the X utility. It will open up a window that looks just like a terminal window. Minimize it to keep it out of sight.
  • Open a terminal window, and connect to beowulf (or whatever Linux/XGrid computer you want to work on) using the following syntax:
 ssh -Y
The -Y is key here: it tells the remote server that its X-window commands should be send to the client, and not to a screen.
  • Enter your password. You can now invoke applications that have a GUI directly from the command line. Below is an example where I executed the program xeyes and got it to display on my Mac desktop.


You've got it in one. Couldn't have put it better.

Case 2: You have Windows at home

  • You need to download XMing and PuTTY.
  • Run XMing. Nothing visible will happen, but there should be an icon in the system tray to show it is active.
  • Make a connection using PuTTY. In the configuration screen, find and check the box for X11 forwarding.

That's it!