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    Opening a terminal on a different machine?

    Chaps,

    I have no idea how difficult the question I am about to ask is, but I'll ask it anyway ...

    I can open a terminal on the machine I am on (x61s).

    I can open a terminal on any one of the other two machines I own (desktop and x31s).

    How hard is it to open a terminal on another machine, on the machine I am on? (As in, when I am sitting at the x61s machine, to open a terminal with the prompt "ogp@xdesktop:~$" - I am ogp.)

    I am a bit of a beginner, so please explain things carefully .... sorry!


    Oli.

    P.S. All machines are running 10.4 lucid.

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    Re: Opening a terminal on a different machine?

    You can use ssh if the other systems are running a Linux variant. You will have to install openssh-server on all machines, then simply open a terminal and type:

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    ssh user@computer
    this will open a terminal on another computer. For more info on setting up ssh have a look here.

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    Re: Opening a terminal on a different machine?

    cariboo,

    Thanks. For the suggestion and the link.

    I installed openssh-server, but it didn't work. That's to say that the server installed fine, but I couldn't connect from one machine to the other. Either from desktop to x31 or back. The error was always "Host key verification failed."

    What have I done wrong? (The network is simple - just two - or three - machines, and I have done none of the security stuff suggested in the article. But the article suggests it should be possible without the security stuff ... )

    Thanks for your help, and for any further assistance!


    Oli.

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    Re: Opening a terminal on a different machine?

    Ummm, OK. Done a bit more poking around with this one. And made some progress ...

    Slightly embarassed 'cos it was my mistake. In practice, the dialogue involved the following question:

    Code:
    The authenticity of host 'desktop (192.168.10.3)' can't be established.
    RSA key fingerprint is <snip>
    Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?
    ... and I pressed 'return', not realising that this was taken as 'No'. If I type 'yes' then it all works as it should ...

    So, thanks for the advice. It worked, and sorry for being slightly inept in what I did!


    Oli.

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    Re: Opening a terminal on a different machine?

    We all learn
    DUAL BOOT XP & Natty, Trying LFS

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    Re: Opening a terminal on a different machine?

    Yes. Just some more slowly than others!


    Oli.

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