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I browse w3m with an images plugin. On normal terminals and even (typically minimally-featureful) virtual terminals I can see images. But when I browse with w3m in tmux the images don't show up.

If this were an ssh connection I would probably try ssh -Y to let the images through. Is there a way to do something similar with tmux?

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How do you see images in "normal" terminals? It pops up a new window, or it will be converted to an ASCII-art form? – Gabor Garami Jul 9 '13 at 22:14
@GaborGarami There is a plugin for w3m called w3m-img which handles it. – isomorphismes Jul 12 '13 at 3:35
@GaborGarami The normal <kbd>I</kbd> way of seeing w3m images with feh is a good comparison though. I would use ssh -Y to get the image sent to my computer but I wouldn't be able to see the popup feh image from tmux because of the same reason as my problem above. – isomorphismes Jul 12 '13 at 3:37
Check value of DISPLAY environment variable before you enter tmux session and after you enter to it. ssh -Y works very simple: sends everything to X server defined in DISPLAY. – Gabor Garami Jul 13 '13 at 18:43
thanks @GaborGarami. It's :0. How would I utilise that? – isomorphismes Jul 13 '13 at 23:57

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