How to run GUI admin tools remotely?

Nils Kassube kassube at
Sun Jan 25 16:38:03 UTC 2009

Chris G wrote:
> I have a backup system in my garage on which I have installed xubuntu
> 8.10.  It would be really useful to be able to administer it remotely
> from my desktop system in my house (also xubuntu 8.10), but none of
> the GUI systems/services admin tools will work because of X security.
> I always get something like the following:-
>     root at garage:/usr/bin# services-admin
>     X11 connection rejected because of wrong authentication.

Login to the remote machine via SSH with the command

ssh -X user at server

with user and server set appropriately. Then run the command

gksu services-admin

to start the program as root.


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