plink port forwarding works but PuTTy’s doesn’t

Bizarrely, the answer is “fonts”!

Spent ages last night trying to work out why on my new PC forwarding 9418 to localhost port 9418 wasn’t working:


Curiously, X11 forwarding worked, and plink -L 9418:localhost:9418 … worked too – but the above didn’t. Can you see it?

The new PC has lots of pixels and the text was small. I first typed this


but it looked to me like I’d missed the colon, so I added one – see above. Turns out localhost::9418 is not a valid port forwarding destination, but there’s no error. It just silently failed.

Changing it to localhost:9418 (as I originally had it) of course made it work. PEBKAC again 🙁 .

5 thoughts on “plink port forwarding works but PuTTy’s doesn’t

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