SSH with X-forwarding allows you to run terminal and graphical programs on a remote Linux server through a SSH connection.
Note: You will need to Connect to the SECS VPN before SSHing onto a SECS Linux server from off campus.
Open the appropriate application:
For Linux systems, open the terminal.
For Mac systems, open XQuartz. XQuartz is an app that comes standard on all Macs since version 10.5. It can be found in Applications -> Utilities -> X11 or XQuartz.
Note: If your Mac does not have X11 on it, you can download it from the XQuartz website.
Note: that the -Y is a capital Y
$ ssh -Y email@example.com
$ ssh -Y username@IPaddress
Were username is your SECS username, hostname is the name of the SECS Linux server you would like to connect to, and IPaddress is the IP address of the SECS Linux server you would like to connect to.
$ ssh -Y firstname.lastname@example.org
$ ssh -Y email@example.com
$ /usr/bin/firefox &
This will open a session of the application but still leave the terminal available for more commands. You can also run multiple instances of the program by using the ampersand.
Some programs already have scripts written on the general purpose Linux servers so you only have to type the name of the program followed by the ampersand. For instance:
$ matlab &
$ jobs -l
If a process that you closed is still running, type the following command to stop it:
$ kill processid
processid is the process ID or PID shown by the jobs -l command
$ kill 1480
More information on managing processes in a Linux environment can be found here.