[R] windows to remote R(linux) via putty with X11 forwarding

S Ellison S.Ellison at LGCGroup.com
Sun Apr 7 20:18:03 CEST 2013

> seems like not possible without X windows onthat putty from 
> windows box
Certainly if you want to run R under X windows you will need to run an X server on Windows, typically on top of PuTTY

But once you have X running and connected in Windows, just start R from the command line. That's how it usually runs on linux.

Another route is to run VNC, which seems pretty portable and preferred by at least one of my colleagues.  The main difference is that VNC is sending a picture of the linux desktop, rendered by whatever desktop manager is being run at the linux end, whereas under X the desktop rendering is supposed to happen at the X server (Windows) end. That changes what you can do with, for example, saved graphics files. But if you're under linux, you probably want to do that by opening a different device (eg png or ps) and plotting to file. Some VNC clients make it possible to transfer files, which can help if you want to save files at the linux end Nd then transfer to windows.

S Ellison

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