X server shutdown or killed/destroyed

Jon TURNEY jon.turney@dronecode.org.uk
Wed Aug 10 12:10:00 GMT 2011

On 08/08/2011 17:49, Howard Feil wrote:
> The OS of the target machines was CENTOS 5.5 and 5.4
> [root@MQWKS4 ~]# ssh -V
> OpenSSH_4.3p2, OpenSSL 0.9.8e-fips-rhel5 01 Jul 2008
[logs snipped]

Thanks very much for the information. I am now able to reproduce this issue.

This appears to be a change in the ssh client so that ForwardX11Timeout 
applies, even if untrusted authentication cookie generation failed (See [1]).

It looks like this change first appeared in openssh 5.6, although I can't see 
it mentioned in the announce email.

Note that if you had run ssh -v, you should have got a "Rejected X11 
connection after ForwardX11Timeout expired" explaining what was happening :-)

I guess I'll add something in the Cygwin/X FAQ about this.


> Sent: Monday, August 1, 2011 2:43 PM
> Subject: Re: X server shutdown or killed/destroyed
> On 29/07/2011 15:27, Howard Feil wrote:
>> Thanks for the reply.
>> So far ssh -Y seems to be doing the trick.
> Good.
> I'd like to know a bit more about why this is happening, though, so if you
> could share the OS and sshd version which is running on the machine you are
> sshd-ing to, and the output when you connect using ssh -vvv -X, that would be
> interesting.
>> On 26/07/2011 14:20, Howard Feil wrote:
>>> I have installed cygwin on several windows XP 32bit machines.  To do the install I used the defaults and then installed all of X11 and
>>> Networks.  After a little while
>> about 20 minutes?
>>> when opening a new windows, I get the
>>> error:
>>> The application 'gedit' lost its connection to the display localhost:11.0;
>>> most likely the X server was shut down or you killed/destroyed
>>> the application.
>>> It doesn't matter what I do next, nothing simple makes the x-server come back alive.
>>> This
>>>       is happening on multiple machines.  For some reasons I have other
>>> machines that never have a problem.  These machines may have older
>>> installations.
>>> Any advice is appreciated.
>> Use ssh -Y
>> [1] http://cygwin.com/ml/cygwin/2011-05/msg00394.html

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