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We have a project involving Linux programming. Unfortunately, we have only an ssh interface, and not a convenient graphic one. What can we do? We heard that xterm can solve our problems, but we couldn't run it properly (We get: cant open DISPLAY, depite the fact that we tried DISPLAY=:0.0 and export DISPLAY=:0.0),and despite the fact that we have roots permissions.

We found some issues on the linux forums, for example, but it didn't help...

How we can convert to a grqphic interface?

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ssh -X username@remote_machine

-X Enables X11 forwarding. This can also be specified on a per-host basis in a configuration file.

but to make this work make sure that "X11Forwarding" directive in /etc/ssh/sshd_config in the remote server is set to "yes"

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Take a look at X11 forwarding.

You might look at Xming & X2go.

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How does on use X11 forwarding? – Simon Sheehan Nov 8 '11 at 21:12

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