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A few of the more common problems with connecting to a remote X11 window session via SSH:
You may not have enabled X11 session forwarding in either your SSH configuration files, or directly in your SSH client application. On the file system, this can be configured in either, or both, of two configuration files:
/etc/ssh/ssh_config or /etc/ssh_config
In either file, the following directives should be set:
ForwardX11 yes Compression yes
You can also use the -X option at the command line, as in:
ssh -X [email protected]
You may have disabled trusted X11 forwarding, or not yet enabled this option, while using an application that requires it. To enable trusted X11 forwarding, do one, or both, of the following:
ssh -Y [email protected]
You may have met or exceeded the alloted space quota on the SSH gateway, in your
AFS/NFS home directory on the remote host, or both. This will deny the SSH daemon
the ability to forward your X11 authentication information to the remote host and
write it to the .Xauthority file in your home directory.
Check your quota level (via the
quota command) and verify whether the limit has been met or
exceeded. If so, either delete any large, unnecessary files, or request a
quota increase. Once the quota issue has been addressed, log off of the remote
server and back in again.
The .Xauthority file in your home directory may have become corrupted
or otherwise unwritable. Delete this file (
rm -f ~/.Xauthority), and
log off of the remote server and back in again.
If you continue to experience issues with X11 sessions after checking and exhausting these possibilities, please open a support ticket in the GCE queue.
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