Remote login, graphically?

ruscook ruscook_oz at
Fri Jun 16 11:36:56 UTC 2006

Setup VNC you can then log into the machine and take over her session 
and see exactly what she's trying to do and you can show her what she 
needs to do. Text editor makes a simple chat window when doing this. 
Works for me with my 78 year old father.

Andreas Schildbach wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I have installed Ubuntu on my mother's machine. Now, I'd like to solve 
> some of her technical problem remotely. I can already login via SSH 
> and fix things with a text editor.
> Now, I'd like to start several X programs on her machine, but have the 
> user interface on my machine. I have tunneled X through SSH with:
> ssh -X ...
> I can start "xeyes", and it appears on my monitor. However, when I 
> start "firefox", I get the following error after some time waiting:
> $ firefox
> The program 'firefox-bin' received an X Window System error.
> This probably reflects a bug in the program.
> The error was 'BadWindow (invalid Window parameter)'.
>   (Details: serial 1057 error_code 3 request_code 20 minor_code 0)
>   (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
>    that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
>    To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
>    option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
>    backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() 
> function.)
> Also, I'd like to start "from scratch" and login to her machine via 
> GDM, in a way so I have the complete gnome environment. Is this possible?
> And lastly, is this also possible in a way that she can see what I am 
> doing, or I can see what she is doing?
> Regards,
> Andreas

Kind Regards Russell
Linux user #369094

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