Friday, September 14, 2007

The Internet from Afar

I recently attempted to fire up an instance of Firefox on a remote system that I was connected to through SSH (with X forwarding enabled). I remember doing this back in the day with no problems. However, Firefox apparently has a "feature" now that checks the DISPLAY settings and starts the process locally if you attempt to run it over the remote connection. This behavior seems to be counter-intuitive and unwanted. Someone somewhere decided to start treating users as idiots. Now for the fix:

 firefox -no-remote

Of course this option is not mentioned in the help menu...

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