[R] Tunnelling X for R graphics

Adam D. I. Kramer adik at ilovebacon.org
Mon Feb 2 20:29:25 CET 2009

On Tue, 3 Feb 2009, Patrick Connolly wrote:

>> 	The problem, and maybe I'm just whining here, is that because the
>> data sets are large this takes several minutes where I'm basically just
>> sitting around.  This happens once every other day as the VPN software
>> I'm using "times out" after about 24 hours and thus the ssh session dies.
> Is it possible to do anything about the VPN software?  I use tightVNC to
> do something similar and it doesn't time out after 24 hours.  Even closing
> the desktop machine down altogether does not lose the ssh connexion. 
> Restarting the desktop a week later will still find the X session without
> loss.

The VPN software is managed and maintained by the company I'm doing
statistical computing work for...out of my control. Your comments about
TightVNC are pretty impressive, though--I'm not really sure how that would
work...though if you set your ssh connection to not push any data towards
your computer, I gather the server would have no reason to believe you were

In any case, this sadly doesn't help me, but many thanks!

For now, I'm just trying my hardest to remeber to dev.off() when I'm done
using graphics.


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