Can't get clipboard forwarding working, while being in Docker under SSH

  1. I have SSH connection to the server without X session. I’ve set up SSH to forward X. When I get connected to that server over SSH and type:

user@host-machine:~$ ssh remote-server

user@remote-server:~$ echo hello | xsel -bi

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  • all goes right – I’m getting “hello” on my host’s clipboard.

    1. I have simple Docker image based on Ubuntu. I run the the image with following parameters: docker run -e DISPLAY=$DISPLAY -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix myimage bash. Then, being inside container I’m typing:

    user@host-machine:~$ docker run -e DISPLAY=$DISPLAY -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix myimage bash

    user@92c40ac9feb7:~$ echo hello | xsel -bi

    all goes right – I’m getting “hello” on my host’s clipboard.

    1. Now I want to run Docker image on those server being under SSH session with X forwarding enabled. When I’m trying to copy something to the clipboard in this configuration, I’m getting following error:

    user@host-machine:~$ ssh remote-server

    user@remote-server:~$ docker run -e DISPLAY=$DISPLAY -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix myimage bash

    user@688e48e4b90a:~$ echo hello | sudo xsel -bi

    xsel: Can’t open display: (null)

    : Connection refused


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