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Complete remote administration using SSH

  • Hi all,

    Like everybody else here, I’ve started tinkering with default modules and the more I discover modules, the more I want them displayed but hey life is made of choices right ?

    Now , I’ve got everything working locally (ie on the RPI3) and I wanted to just stick it behind the mirror and administer it remotely (read from a different country altogether)

    I know how to ssh, nano a config file etc but the whole electron node.js is kinda new to me. I get the concept but I still have a question.

    When I npm start locally (read from the RPI itself) things are fine, the monitor displays the “mirror” and I can access that same page from another computer/iphone using it’s web address.

    Now if I npm start from SSH, it won’t work (because of no X11 running at the time ?)

    Please point me in the right direction so I can move on with my life, this thing starts to drive me crazy.

    Long read but hopefully will be helpful to others.

    Thanks for reading this far 🙂


  • For now - VNC it is 🙂

  • Core Contributors

    Hi, check the display enviroment variable in your terminal session.

    DISPLAY=:0 nohup npm start &

    Or other way you can use pm2.

  • Thanks for the reply

  • From the github 🙂 I guess RTFM still works

    Important: npm start does not work via SSH, use DISPLAY=:0 nohup npm start & instead. This starts the mirror on the remote display.

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