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How Do I Run a Graphical Interface?
If you plan to run Rstudio
, MATLAB
, SAS
or any other Graphical User Interface (GUI),
you will need to connect to the Yens with Xforwarding enabled. UIT has a page describing this in more detail,
along with information about auxiliary, systemspecific software that you will need to have installed before proceeding.
XQuartz
for Mac users and Xming
for Windows users.Make sure you have X11 software installed on your local computer first:

For Mac OS, you need to have XQuartz installed first. XQuartz usually requires restarting your computer before you can use it.

For Windows, you need to have XMing installed first.
Login to Yens with Xforwarding
ssh Y <SUNet ID>@yen.stanford.edu
The Y
flag here enables Xforwarding, allowing you to run software on the server that uses graphical windows.
When prompted, type your SUNet ID password. Then, complete the twofactor authentication process.
After you successfully login, check that Xforwarding works correctly. Choose any of the following commands and type it in
the yen command line interface as all of them will pop up a window if everything is working correctly  xeyes
, xcalc
, xlogo
or xclock
(or choose your favorite X11 command line program).
xeyes
which will pop up a window with eyes tracking where your mouse is.
Examples
R / RStudio GUI
To run RStudio GUI, load the R module with the version of R that you want:
ml R/4.0.0
List the loaded modules:
module list
Currently Loaded Modules:
1) rstudio/1.1.463 2) R/4.0.0
We see that RStudio is loaded automatically when you load R module. We can now launch RStudio with:
rstudio
The RStudio GUI will pop open and you can do anything you would normally do in RStudio (but with noticeable delay due to X tunneling):
If you forget to load R module or loaded only the rstudio module, you will see an error that R is not found:
If that happens, just load R
module and start RStudio again.
MATLAB
To run MATLAB GUI, load the matlab module with the version that you want:
ml matlab
We can now launch MATLAB GUI with:
matlab
The MATLAB GUI will pop open and you can do anything you would normally do (but with noticeable delay due to X tunneling):
Stata
For the Stata GUI, load the stata module with the version that you want:
ml statamp
We can now launch the Stata GUI with:
xstatamp
The Stata GUI will pop open and you can do anything you would normally do (but with noticeable delay due to X tunneling).
SAS
To run SAS GUI, load the SAS module:
ml sas
We can now launch SAS GUI with:
sas
The SAS GUI will pop open and you can do anything you would normally do (but with noticeable delay due to X tunneling):
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