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X Login via XDMCP over an SSH tunnel
Authored by: avramd on Aug 16, '05 01:12:54PM

Just thought I would let you all know I answered my own question; Here is what you have to do to fix the font problem. Note that this goes beyond what this person is suggesting, by solving the VPN/Firewall problem too.

When you ssh to the remote server, forward local port 7100 to the remote host. Then in another window, on your mac, add localhost:7100 to the font path. After tha, back on the remote host, use the Xnest command to start up the desktop session. Here's what it looks like:

mac% ssh -L7100:localhost:7100 -Y user@remotehost

(in another window)
mac% xset +fp tcp/localhost:7100

(back in the first window)
solaris% Xnest ":1" -geometry 1280x810 -query localhost

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