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07 Dec 2007 Run X programs through ssh

A easy way to run remote X programs (from another host) on your local linux installation is to connect to it via ssh using the -Y switch.

For instance if you would like to run up2date in graphical mode on a remote machine but the server doesn’t have X installed. Then this is a great way of doing it.

On your host

ssh -Y remote_machine_name.com

When you have successfully connected to the remote host you start the up2date command.
up2date

Soon after you will get the up2date windows on your local linux machine.

Your sshd server should have enabled the X11Forwarding directive. This is enabled in your local local machines ssh config /etc/ssh/sshd_config file

X11Forwarding yes

The command you run can be anything else, for instance xterm.

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17 Oct 2007 Switch off annoying bell/beep in xterm

My colleagues don’t like all the bell/beep sounds I make when I’m working in a xterm through my putty ssh client.

To please them I’ve added this line to /etc/inputrc to disable bell on tab-completion.

set bell-style none

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