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Thread: rdesktop for knoppix

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Durham, NC, USA

    rdesktop for knoppix


    I'd like to remote desktop into my work PC from knoppix. I've got the VPN working, but it doesn't look like there's any rdesktop on knoppix. From reading internet postings it appears that
    it used to be there.

    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ rdesktop
    bash: rdesktop: command not found
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ rdesktop
    bash: rdesktop: command not found
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ apropos remote
    remote: nothing appropriate.
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ apropos mstsc
    mstsc: nothing appropriate.
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ apropos desktop
    desktop: nothing appropriate.
    knoppix@Microknoppix:~$ Rdesktop
    bash: Rdesktop: command not found

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Durham, NC, USA
    For what it's worth, I downloaded rdesktop-1.6.0.tar.gz and tried to do a ./configure, I see:

    checking for stdlib.h... yes
    checking for string.h... yes
    checking for memory.h... yes
    checking for strings.h... yes
    checking for inttypes.h... yes
    checking for stdint.h... yes
    checking for unistd.h... yes
    checking whether byte ordering is bigendian... no
    checking for X... no

    ERROR: Could not find X Window System headers/libraries.
    Probably you need to install the libx11-dev package.
    To specify paths manually, use the options --x-includes and --x-libraries.


    I'm running a terminal emulator in x, why doesn't it see it?


  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Hi again Charlie Foxtrot.

    I think you are trying to hard again.

    You should not need to download a tar ball and compile from source. You should be able to download and install the package you need from the Debian repositories. If you like GUI or are not yet comfortable with the Linux command line, try synaptic. You should be able to find that from the main menu under Preferences > Synaptic Package Manager.

    I use the DVD edition and I have two remote desktop clients already installed. From the main menu, one is under Internet > Remmina Remote Desktop Client and the other is under Internet > Remote Desktop Viewer.

    What have you got at work ? Linux or a commercial Operating System ? For the former, you'd want the VNC protocol and you'll need to start a VNC server on your machine at work (and stuff). For the latter, you'd need RDP and the service is probably already running so all you need to do is provide credentials.

    For Linux there are several VNC servers to choose from. For use over a VPN, tightvnc might be a good choice. Folks on this forum have recommended x11vnc. This allows you to connect to the X session you have a work (instead of one you start just for use from home) but I found that it unlocked the keyboard and left it that way.

    If you use Linux and use command line consoles almost exclusively, then the screen program might be a better option.

    Have fun,

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