How to get a graphical window of xterm or rxvt to open over an SSH connection.

Posted: January 4, 2018. At: 9:44 AM. This was 3 weeks ago. Post ID: 11707
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To open an xterm window over the network from another computer, use this command. This will open an SSH connection to another machine. Once the password is given, it will open a rxvt window which will appear on your machine and enable you to issue commands.

[email protected]:~$ ssh -YC jason@192.168.1.4 rxvt
The authenticity of host '192.168.1.4 (192.168.1.4)' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:c4fq8j8MlwWOzIc8K3f4ptGEl6CKjbiUB2EsZgBYqfw.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
Warning: Permanently added '192.168.1.4' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
[email protected]'s password:

This is what I got when running this command. This could be very useful if the user was connecting from one machine and wished to use a proper terminal from the SSH server computer.

Rxvt window opened over an SSH connection.
Rxvt window opened over an SSH connection.

This is very easy, now I can install updates on my Debian 9.0 laptop using a proper terminal emulator application.

Installing updates on Debian 9.0
Installing updates on Debian 9.0

This is a great networking trick, I wonder if you could run a window manager over SSH in a window. Firefox will open over an SSH connection, but it is slow to load. Especially if you have a large number of addons.

Actually, I tried to load Fluxbox over SSH and it said I already had a WM running, so it did not work.

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