Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 | Author:

I sometimes use a simplified remote desktop script I built a long time ago, before KRDC and its kin came about. It is still useful for if you normally only connect to 1 server at a time or you want your screen’s real-estate back. Feel free to adjust the defaults. 🙂

This works for generally any distro as long as you have rdesktop installed:

((pacman|yaourt) -S|emerge|(yum|aptitude) install) rdesktop

Copy the text into an appropriately-named file in your ~/bin/ folder. Then chmod it to be executable and link the second alias.

tricky@swiftspirit:~$ [ -d ~/bin ] || mkdir ~/bin
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ nano ~/bin/rd
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ chmod +x ~/bin/rd
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ link ~/bin/rd ~/bin/rdc

Ọzọkwa, create a folder at /media/rd that is writable only by root but readable by anyone. Then also create a second folder within this which is writable by anyone. The /media/rd folder is shared with the remote desktop when you connect so it is useful to keep small scripts or applications that you might install or need often in this folder. The /media/rd/honey folder is there for security purposes so that you can copy content to your desktop but ALSO so that a virus-infected server doesn’t infect your existing executables and scripts in the main /media/rd/ folder:

tricky@swiftspirit:~$ sudo mkdir /media/rd
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ sudo mkdir /media/rd/honey
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ sudo chown -R root:root /media/rd
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ sudo chmod 755 /media/rd
tricky@swiftspirit:~$ sudo chmod 777 /media/rd/honey

copy rd’s content from here.

Once this is in place, to connect to a server, type the command into your terminal from within your GUI:

tricky@swiftspirit:~$ rd my.server.swiftspirit.co.za

If you want to connect to a console session (session 0), use the rdc version:

tricky@swiftspirit:~$ rdc my.server.swiftspirit.co.za

Improvements and suggestions are welcome. I’d built a version which could save your passwords into a shadow file using openssl however I never quite got it to work. Maybe another time. 😉

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