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Re: [vox-tech] X over lan is nice, but a pain starting up.
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Re: [vox-tech] X over lan is nice, but a pain starting up.



On Thursday 04 April 2002 11:35 pm, you wrote:
> I now have a seecion script for gdm which runs:
>
> exec /usr/bin/ssh -CAnq remote /etc/X11/xdm/Xsession IceWM
>
> Which works fine. It also doesn't frighten my mom or brother away with a
> command line. ;-)
>
> This setup would make a nifty demo, someone could bring in an old 486/586
> and set it up as a dummy x termnial, hopefuly without a hard drive and show
> off it running software over the ethernet at good speeds. Then unplug the
> cable and watch everything butthe mouse stop then start up again when it's
> plugged back in (just don't let ssh time out in the meantime).
>
> On Thursday 04 April 2002 10:45 pm, you wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 04, 2002 at 11:01:49AM -0800, Ryan wrote:
> > > Well, I've managed to setup an old pentium box as an x termnial, and I
> > > like it very much. Tunneled over a compressed ssh connection, the lag
> > > is hardly noticable.
> >
> >   If you are on a LAN, just disable the compression and things should
> > be faster.  If not you might want to try level 1 compression instead
> > of 6 which is the default.
>
> It's not really a problem at 6. I will try setting it to 1 in the login
> script.
>
> > > I can get a remote window manager by going in to gdm and seleting
> > > failsafe xterm then running 'ssh -Cf foo blackbox' but this is
> > > annoying. Is there a way to automate this with gdm?
> >
> >   This is a theory that has not been tested or researched... it's
> > possible that you have to do other things in the 'new' gnome world.
> >
> >   Edit your .xsession file to specify the series of commands you want
> > run when you log in.  If you put some shell script that knows how to
> > pop up a graphical prompt for your ssh password you should be able to
> > even have a secured private key (without using ssh-agent).
>
> I know it's not the most secure thing in the world, but it's convient and
> my private lan is behind a firewall.
>
> I could also just stick the private keys on floppys or cds
>
> If anyone knows how to get ssh-askpass to popup instead of asking for the
> pass on a command line, i'd like to hear it.

Err.... if you run it without a console it'll ask you in a popup window.

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