[winswitch] Using xpra in ssh -X

V V zheglov1887 at gmail.com
Thu May 1 09:41:58 BST 2014

At the moment I am doing "xpra start :100 --start-child=xterm" on the
server, then "xpra attach ssh:serverhostname:100" on the client. Then
I use gnuplot (for example) which is mostly terminal work but also
launches windows with the plots. When I am finised I do "xpra stop".

The alternative is using "ssh -X" from the client and then starting
gnuplot. The advantage of the second method is that the terminal
emulator is running on the client. However this method is very slow.


On 30/04/14 15:25, V V wrote:
>* If xpra is installed on the server and client, is it possible to make it so
*>* that when ssh connection with X forwarding (i.e. ssh -X ...) is done from
*>* client to server, xpra is used underneath?
*I'm not sure I understand what it is that you are trying to do.
If you are already connecting to xpra over ssh and want to use the ssh
connection sharing feature. (openssh "ControlMaster")
This should already work, but you may be interested in adding:
"--no-exit-ssh" to your command line, or to your .xpra/xpra.conf
If you are connecting to xpra over tcp, then this is not possible at

>* This is just for convenience really. I know you can just start xterm on
*>* server and then access it from client.*

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