View Full Version : [kubuntu] run kde app on remote machine?

February 22nd, 2009, 05:10 PM

I have a htpc in another room that I'm ripping my DVDs on (using k9copy), but it's a real hassle to get up every 10 - 20 minutes and check on the progress. So my first solution was to use vncserver, however as soon as I tell k9copy to copy the disk, the vncserver crashes. So that is no good.

Now I'm trying to find another method, where I can monitor progress without having to get up until the rip is done. One idea I had was to run the application on a remote display. The how to said to do something like this:

On the machine I'm at run: xhost + (I'm being lazy and just opening everything for now)
On remote machine run: DISPLAY=remote.domain:0 k9copy &

This seems close except I get a message "could not connect to x ...", and both machines are running xfce ubuntu.

Anyone know if I'm close on the idea above, or if someone has another idea I'm all ears.


March 1st, 2009, 06:00 PM
I'm really surprised no one had an answer on this. It turns out to be super simple.

On remote computer make sure in /etc/ssh/sshd_config you have X11Forwarding on: X11Forwarding yes

Then on the machine you are sitting at ssh as such:

ssh -X remote.address appToForward

From what I read it is not very secure to have X11Forwarding just on, so if your machine is open to the internet you might want to do a little research into securing the forwarding.