ssh -X ..., I or Firefox doesn't understand X Forwarding

Jared Greenwald greenwaldjared at
Tue Dec 30 00:16:45 UTC 2008

Did you try "ssh -Y"?

On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 6:51 PM, Rick Berger <rberger at> wrote:
> I'm running 7.10 on my pc and 8.10 on my laptop. Both are running sshd
> and I've been connecting say from the pc to the laptop using 'ssh -X
> rick at laptop' in a Terminal window. Now from the laptop's prompt in the
> terminal window I type "firefox" and I get one of two possible outcomes;
> 1 if Firefox 2 is already running on my pc I just get another instance
> of it, and 2 if pc is not running Firefox I get Firefox 3 running from
> my laptop displayed on my pc, which is what I want. But then when I
> click on my pc's Firefox icon it runs another instance of the laptop's
> Firefox 3 not its Firefox. Obviously, I or Firefox doesn't understand X
> Forwarding. Can someone explain what's going on?
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