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I am connecting to my headless ubuntu 12.04 server using SSH and I want to make some changes to system settings.

There is no desktop manager running so VNC is not an option for me.

I have Cygwin-X installed on my windows laptop. Is there any way to bring up the System Settings GUI tool using Cygwin-X over SSH?

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What are the settings you want to change? – labarna May 4 '12 at 1:00
I am trying to make changes to Network settings. I'm sure there is a way to do it on the command line but I want to know how it can be done using X forwarding over SSH. Specifically, I want to know the command to launch the 'System settings' GUI . – squashbuff May 4 '12 at 1:12
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Essentially, if nothing is messed up you should be able to simple do the following:

ssh -Y user@machineIP

The -Y enables trusted X11 forwarding.

Then to open the system settings program simply type:


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I am aware of this functionality. I am using PuTTY with X11 forwarding enabled and I have Cygwin-X running on my Windows client machine. I just want to know the specific command to launch the 'System Settings' GUI tool. – squashbuff May 4 '12 at 1:14
Perfect! Exactly what I wanted. Thank you. – squashbuff May 4 '12 at 1:53

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