Problem with fwbuilder on machine without X-Free
I am not quite sure whether this is a bug, or just that I am asking for
something unreasonable. But here goes anyway.
I installed a machine to act as a firewall today, using Debian stable.
I did not install X-Free on it as the machine is a touch underpowered
for that. So I though I will install fwbuilder and use it remotely
using ssh -X. I am running kernel 2.4.18 on this machine so I wanted
to use iptables.
So I used apt-get to install fwbuilder-iptables which duely dragged in
all the other bits it thought I needed. But from a remote console I
could not issue "ssh -X firewall fwbuilder" because it kept saying that
the display was not authorised. So I turned on ssh -v and watched the
messages, and it mentioned that it could not find xauth. So I looked
up the package for xauth and that is xbase-clients, and sure enough
that had not been dragged in by the dependancy chain for fwbuilder.
When I installed xbase-clients sure enough fwbuilder worked remotely
through ssh -X.
Now I suspect that this is not a problem with fwbuilder's dependancies,
but I am not quite sure whose problem it is.