OT: Configuring Xming To Know Putty’s Not In A Std. Location

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Is there some way to do this? I’ve got the current putty (actually, putty-cac), pageant, and plink in my user’s Downlods directory – neither he nor I have admin authority on his laptop, and Desktop support’s teleworking today – but I can’t seem to find a way to configure xming to look there for putty.

Or is it start putty, *then* start xming?


5 thoughts on - OT: Configuring Xming To Know Putty’s Not In A Std. Location

  • As far as I know Xming is a Windows software.

    If you are using a SSH tunnel, you would need to run putty first.

    In any case, you need to enable on putty X11 connections (Connection ->
    SSH -> X11 -> Enable X11 forwarding ) if you are running any software on your linux machine.



  • No start xming in passive mode (I don’t know xming so don’t know how to do that – you just want to start the xserver and not have it start any applications on the remote machine).

    Start putty with X11 forwarding turned on and connect.

    You should now be able to start X programs.

    The important thing is that the server needs to be started before initiating the connection so that a display can be assigned.

    Can I suggest an alternative though. I’ve started using MobaXterm recently and I’m quite impressed: X11 server, SSH/putty client built in, GL capable etc. Home use is free.


  • Pete Biggs wrote:

    Thank you! That did it. He’s happy.

    I can look at it, but this is what he knows, and he’s too busy to try something else. Hell, he’s just pushed me updating and rebooting his at-work CentOS workstation until next week, and I have a job to keep them going, not for my convenience.


  • I’d second Moba as a solution to contacting a Linux server from a Win box. https://mobaxterm.mobatek.net/ states that “You can download and use MobaXterm Home Edition for free. If you want to use it inside your company, you should consider subscribing to MobaXterm Professional Edition: this will give you access to much more features, professional support and “Customizer” software.” The keywords here are “should” and

  • +1 Mobaxterm, X11 and SFTP support out of the box, also you get a nice bash terminal with it and some extra cygwin based goodies.