Configure Remote Desktop from Command Line


Open a terminal and type following command to enable the remote desktop:

$ gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/remote_access/enabled true

To disable the “Ask for Confirmation” dialog

$ gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/remote_access/prompt_enabled false

If you check

System -> Preferences -> Remote Desktop

you will see that it is now turned ON.

You can turn it back OFF again from the command line using this command:

$ gconftool-2 -s -t bool /desktop/gnome/remote_access/enabled false

Now login to your Linux system from SSH & by using above commands, enable or disable the remote desktop.

Once you do that, you can use VNC Viewer from the remote machine to access the gui of your linux system.

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11 thoughts on “Configure Remote Desktop from Command Line

  1. Pingback: Configure Remote Desktop from Command Line | Linux Explore

  2. I have RHL5 Client. The values are accepted but VNC connection is been rejected. I also have KDE instead of gnome. Any help is appreciated.

  3. KDE does not have the menuu choice to enable Remote Desktop. I have found the command line way to set it, but it still doesn’t work. We also have RHL5 Server which have Gnome running, so I can se the Remote Desktop screen. I eventually resort to use x0vncserver, which is not that great because of a few limitation but it’s working.

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