How to run GUI admin tools remotely?

Chris G cl at
Sun Jan 25 19:05:44 UTC 2009

On Sun, Jan 25, 2009 at 05:38:03PM +0100, Nils Kassube wrote:
> 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.
Well, the program comes up on my desktop but the "Unlock" button is
greyed out so I can't actually do anything with it.

Chris Green

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