ssh and vnc

andrew heggie list at
Mon Dec 22 14:27:22 UTC 2008

alan c wrote:

> (I am not any expert, so if one reads this and can correct or add
> stuff, please do so?)

You're expert enough to move me forward, thanks.
> your machine is the ssh client
> login for user 'bill' (his machine) is the ssh server
> make sure the target machine (bill's) has ssh server installed and
> that your machine that you will use to connect from has the ssh client
> installed  (openssh-server, openssh-client that is)

All done I log in with:

ssh -Y -l bill and then his (fairly strong) user password.

For his convenience I have set the machine to autologin for his username.
> It is not essential to use keys that you specially generate - that is,
> public and private key pairs, but it is an advantage I think,
> particularly since you have both machines with you at present. I found
> note1 useful here.

I'm not using keys yet, I hope that his account password is strong enough
but I will investigate keys.

> should get a sensible response probably a warning that the remote
> machine is unknown (no keys yet) and it is this or that fingerprint,
> and do you want to connect to it? If you accept, the ID key of the
> remote machine will be added to a file in your machine for reference.
> Note: the key I think may be different when seen across the internet
> (not sure). The real trick in this sort of situation is to be certain
> that the target machine really is the one you expect, and that in
> principle there is no third party interception at this initial  stage.
> Inside your local LAN this is trivial.

Once this key has been successfully negotiated (it has in my case) can the
ssh be locked to this machine?

> Again, inside your LAN it is easy to get VNC working. I usually use
> kubuntu 8.04 but in this case I have been using ubuntu 8.04 (easy to
> have both as alternate sessions at login, anyway), so some apps might
> be ubuntu based, although I think they are also available in kubuntu.
> Set remote desktop (this is the VNC server) in bill's machine to allow
> others to control it, maybe with a password. Do not set to use
> encryption I do not think it is working yet, anyway you expect to use
> ssh and a tunnel so there is no need for yet more encryption. Do not
> set ask for confirmation - you may not want that level of interaction
> the other end.

OK this is where mine fell over using krdc as the client on mine and Krfb as
the server on his. All seemed well, I sent the invitation from bill's
received the poll on mine. I then Okayed the reply on bill's and typed the
password on mine, at which stage everything hung until I broke the
connection from mine. I'm updating the server software on his.
> Then from your own machine:
> vncviewer

Again adept doesn't show vncviewer!

I'm installing xvnc4viewer

OK this hangs too so it looks like it's the server on bill that's playing

I've upgraded to krfb kde4 on bill's and get a connection with vncviewer but
the colours are all wrong. I need to find a remote desktop server that

Also Krfb seems to stay resident in the systray. I need a commandline means
of clearing it from the system.
> or maybe
> vncviewer
> I think they both work for me.
> and you should connect to bill's machine inside your LAN.
> So now you have had ssh working and vnc working both inside your LAN.

Not yet!

I'll be back!

Thanks Alan

Andrew Heggie

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