LTSP - how can I remote control a terminal?

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by maddman, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. maddman

    maddman Guest

    I run a small (6 station) LTSP network to provide information to our
    users. It works really well, except I can't really manage the
    stations if there's a problem except by walking out to them. Is there
    a way for me to control one station from another? I'm running
    Mandrake 9.1.

    maddman, Jun 3, 2004
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  2. maddman

    Cameron Kerr Guest

    If there is a user on the station, you could use x0rfb, which is a VNC
    server much like that under Windows, in that it exports your current
    display, it doesn't need to be setup as a server beforehand.
    Cameron Kerr, Jun 3, 2004
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  3. maddman

    maddman Guest

    That sounds like exactly what I'm looking for. I couldn't find
    anything on x0rfb, I googled for the home page but the site is down.
    I did find out there's a package in KDE that essentially does the same
    thing called krfb. Doesn't seem to work though. I think its because
    these are not real machines but terminals. It connects to the address
    but the service is all running on the same server.

    Any ideas?
    maddman, Jun 4, 2004
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    Cameron Kerr Guest

    Under Debian, there is a package called rfb that provides the non-KDE
    version. I have no idea if there is a package for Mandrake.
    A good point. The software would need to be running on the X-Terminal
    itself, in order to export the display, I should think. Perhaps it
    requires a particular X extension to be present (such as X-Test?)
    If you make it so the software runs on the X-Terminals themselves, this
    problem would go away.

    Perhaps it would be simpler to use vncserver sessions, and have the LTSP
    nodes run xvncviewer when they log in perhaps. Would increase resource
    use, but then you have a more resilient environment should a node crash.
    This would also effect those people who wish to log in to multiple
    workstations. Whether this is a good or a bad thing though is hard to
    Cameron Kerr, Jun 6, 2004
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