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  • You want to start an X server on your home machine when you're at work? I don't think it works that way. What are you trying to do?

    • by cbrooks (3267) on 2002.12.12 15:43 (#15383) Journal
      I'm not sure which question to answer first. Let's start with this one:

      >What are you trying to do?

      The goal is to be able to run a single mail client seamlessly from home or from work. That is, I want to have my inbox, sent mail, drafts, etc. all centralized in one place. Imagine, for example, that I used pine to manage my email, and imagine that the server on which that pine account lived was located 2000 miles away from both my work and my home. To handle my mail, I would simply shell into the remote server, and it wouldn't matter whether I do it from work or from home. I want to do the same thing in this scenario, except the mail client that I want to use happens to run on X Windows.

      >You want to start an X server on your home machine when you're at work?

      Well no, not exactly. Let me start by defining my terms: My office computer is the computer on which I will run my master mail client. My home computer is the computer that I will use while working from home. (I don't want to use the terms "client" and "server", since technically, the X Windows server resides on the home machine in this example, and that detail makes the discussion unnecessarily confusing.) One of the really slick things about X Windows is that you can forward it to a remote machine (over ssh, no less!). So, using the instructions from my previous message, I can fire up cygwin at home, open an encrypted connection to my computer at work, and work directly on my master mail client.