I've been trying to setup a server-> client local network with x2go. I have it working, sort of... but I don't know much about networking, SSH, etc -- so it's been a steep learning curve.

I'm wanting to make my server/client as secure as I can. Currently I'm trying to figure out if the SSH connections that exist on my client are a part of x2go client, and/or if they should always be running.

I've used the command who and even if x2go is not running I still have two events running under my client user name. One is: :0 (display 0?) and the other is: pts/2

And if I enter the terminal command: ps -ef | grep ssh I get the following results that are running under my username (not root):

3822  3738  0 13:26 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/ssh-agent /usr/bin/dbus-launch --exit-with-session /usr/bin/im-launch cinnamon-session-cinnamon  
7509  5048  0 13:27 pts/2    00:00:00 grep --color=auto ssh

Can you tell me what these are for and if I need them? And if not, how to I get rid of them?

  • Which version of Ubuntu are you running? – user68186 Aug 5 '15 at 21:09

According to your output SSH is not running. SSH agent is software to hold private keys and is a helper. ps -ef | grep ssh shows there's no SSH active and grep --color=auto ssh is a result from your grep command and does not mean that SSH is active.

  • That's helpful. Thx – TJK Aug 5 '15 at 21:16

If you're logged in to the GUI (as :0 indicates), then of course you will have two entries in who: one for the GUI session, and one for the terminal you have opened to run who. Try the w command for a bit more detail:

$ who
muru  :0           2015-08-03 05:31 (:0)
muru  pts/0        2015-08-03 05:32 (:0)
muru  pts/1        2015-08-04 22:53 (:0)
muru  pts/2        2015-08-03 05:32 (:0)
muru  pts/3        2015-08-05 23:15 (:0)
$ w
 02:37:56 up 2 days, 21:06,  5 users,  load average: 0.60, 0.84, 0.87
muru  :0        Mon05   ?xdm?  14:21m  0.34s gnome-session
muru  pts/0     Mon05    7:02m  0.07s  1:42  /usr/bin/python2 /usr/sbin/terminator
muru  pts/1     Tue22    1:55   0.82s  0.82s ssh -R *:2022:localhost:22 lab
muru  pts/2     Mon05    2.00s  0.23s  0.00s w
muru  pts/3     23:15   23:56   0.68s  0.68s /bin/zsh

I have one Terminator terminal open with four tabs, and accordingly I have four additional entries in w and who.


  • So it appears that this is normal. Thanks. (Also, I appreciate the edits you did to my initial question -- I will try and remember to use those features next time I enter a command.) – TJK Aug 5 '15 at 21:19
  • @TJK credit to heemayl. I didn't even notice that your output consisted of two lines. – muru Aug 5 '15 at 21:21

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