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I'm trying to tunnel into a remote server for the purposes of debugging(so I could get a more specific error message rather than internal server error 500), and I was looking at the question: phpmyadmin forbidden through ssh tunnel

I tunnel in successfully using the command ssh -L 8080:localhost:80 www.remotesite.com

But, when I try to connect using my browser using the URL www.remotesite.com:8080/ext/test/registration.php I'm unable to connect. What am I doing wrong?

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The command ssh -L 8080:localhost:80 www.remotesite.com connects to the server at www.remotesite.com and asks to tunnel localhost:80 (which would be www.remotesite.com itself) to the 8080 port of the client initiating the ssh connection.

In other words: you need to connect to localhost (your own workstation, not the server) on port 8080, that is where the entrance of your tunnel lies.

The URI then becomes: http://localhost:8080/ext/test/registration.php

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Ah, thank you. I was a bit confused. –  Garzahd Feb 16 '13 at 0:11
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