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Firefox remote building use Xming and Putty

April 7, 2011

So earlier today Anna set me up with an account in CDOT on the workstation dubbed Romania.  The machine was a beast and building was a breeze on it.  A few hours later I’m snapped back to the reality of my slow laptop.  Oh how I wished I could be using that machine again.  Well apparently there is a way.

1.  Download Xming and Putty

2.  Install Xming, follow the instructions as normal.  To get it working there really isnt anything special you need to do.  You may want to add the shortcuts to your desktop for convience.  Once it is installed, run Xming, which will create a process running on your toolbar in the bottom right hand corner by the clock.

3.  Run the Putty.exe file you downloaded previously.

4.  Now in order to get putty to work with Xming properly you are going to need to enable X11 forwarding.

5.  In putty scroll down to connections, then expand the ssh option, and click on X11.  This will allow you to enable  X11 forwarding. (To get mine to work I also had to fill in the  X display location with :0.0 (those are zeros by the way))

6.  Once you have done this enter the remote location you are attempting to connect to and as usual a command prompt will open up as normal

7.  Navigate to the directory that the firefox executable is located in and run it from command prompt.

8.  If all went well firefox will open up in a new window on your computer from within Xming (magic right?)

Now it was a bit slow for me on my end, but I’m assuming that is because of my horrid internet connection here (a blazing 30kb/s at the moment) , tho it is working which is awesome.  This should solve all the build problems I’ve been having recently which have taken me between 3 and 4 hours, which is excruciating to say the least.


Hope this helped!


From → school

  1. For performance, ensure that compression is turned on in Putty. Alternately, considering using VNC+SSH, which can give much better performance on slow links.

    And, of course, you can always use Linux on your machine, for which vncviewer and ssh are already included as part of the operating system distribution. I have some Fedora 14 live CDs at school if you want to try that out without installing anything 🙂

  2. I’ll definitely have to give what you mentioned a try, as its pretty slow from my house. Also after running Fedora 13 the last 2 days on one of the cdot comps, I’d definitely like to install it on my desktop at home. Does the live cd also work as a straight up install cd if I wanted to do dual boot?


  3. Yes, the F13 Live Disc can be used to install. It installs faster than the installation DVD, but the software set is pre-selected (the DVD lets you pick what you want to install) — but of course you can easily customize it after installation. Pop by T1036 at school and I’ll give you one of each (Live CD and Installation DVD).

  4. whatever permalink

    Xming is getting beeing a joke

    the version availible is 4 years old – recent versions only if you donate – evey year
    but instead of making here a regular business the author of this peace of shit is hiding behind donations and sourceforge – however even the source is 4 years old so in fact its no longer opensource in any manner

    dont get me wrong i understand people wanna get paid for hard word and good working software someday – thats ok for but then he should say that straight – no longer opensource change of terms now you pay anually – fine

    the recent version isnt really compatible with win7 for now – many issues here
    whats also interresting that he bundle his software with putty which is gnu gpl – so yea he rely 100% on others people work (like fonts) but his own only for sale but he didnt even tell ya

    i recommend use cgywin/x

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