• "not smart" linux questions.

    From Android8675@VERT/SHODAN to all on Mon Sep 21 09:14:09 2020
    So I'm running a Ubuntu box, and I killed the graphical bits and just made it so I can SSH (with key) from my Windows desktop using PuTTY, but if I want to get the graphical look back is running something like "Xming X Server" the route I want to use, or can I startup xwindows on the Ubuntu system and remote connect? Basically I just want to be able to run stuff like gtkmonitor instead of umonitor so I can keep an eye on system status, or run a couple random xwindows bits for fun.

    Any help appreciated. Is there something better than PuTTY to facilitate all this? I remember pFort mentioned something the other month, but I can't remember/find what he was describing.

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  • From Arelor@VERT to Android8675 on Mon Sep 21 14:34:32 2020
    Re: "not smart" linux questions.
    By: Android8675 to all on Mon Sep 21 2020 09:14 am

    So I'm running a Ubuntu box, and I killed the graphical bits and just made i so I can SSH (with key) from my Windows desktop using PuTTY, but if I want t get the graphical look back is running something like "Xming X Server" the route I want to use, or can I startup xwindows on the Ubuntu system and remo connect? Basically I just want to be able to run stuff like gtkmonitor inste of umonitor so I can keep an eye on system status, or run a couple random xwindows bits for fun.

    Any help appreciated. Is there something better than PuTTY to facilitate all this? I remember pFort mentioned something the other month, but I can't remember/find what he was describing.

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    I am not a Xserver master, but afaik, you need an SSH tunnel with x forwarding enabled.

    https://www.howtogeek.com/428266/how-to-remotely-open-a-gui-application-with-pu tty/

    Alternatively you could use an VNC solution. If you are just going to use a couple of graphical applications you are better off with SSH x forwarding anyway, in my opinion. VNC is basically running a full graphical system on the server which then streams the graphical session as a video to your workstation.

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  • From Nelgin@VERT/EOTLBBS to Android8675 on Mon Sep 21 21:50:28 2020
    Android8675 wrote:
    So I'm running a Ubuntu box, and I killed the graphical bits and just made it so I can SSH (with key) from my Windows desktop using PuTTY, but if I want to get the graphical look back is running something like "Xming X Server" the route I want to use, or can I startup xwindows on the Ubuntu system and remote
    connect? Basically I just want to be able to run stuff like gtkmonitor instead
    of umonitor so I can keep an eye on system status, or run a couple random xwindows bits for fun.

    Any help appreciated. Is there something better than PuTTY to facilitate all this? I remember pFort mentioned something the other month, but I can't remember/find what he was describing.


    You don't have to have the xserver running just as long as the component are there. If you had it running and changed it from graphical to multiuser target then make sure X11 forwards is configured in putty or whatever ssh client you're using. You may also need to enable it in ssh_config and/or sshd_config in
    /etc/ssh but not possitive.

    I installed Ubuntu server without any X packages installed and got enough installed so that I can run the GTK stuff. So yes, you can do what you want with putty, which is just fine, Xming and your Linux box.

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