Linux Mint MATE and XRDP

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Linux Mint MATE and XRDP

Postby bdman » Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:51 pm

I currently am running Linux Mint 15 with Mate desktop.
When I log into the Mint machine and then RDP from a Windows box, the desktop shows up fine and all a go. Using XRDP server and connecting with XRPD's RDP protocol.
When I am not logged into the Mint machine and RDP from a Windows box, the "Menu" button in the lower left is missing, and I have to hit ALT F1 to show the application menu.
Any assistance on which setting needs to be adjusted to fix this issue would be appreciated.

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Re: Linux Mint MATE and XRDP

Postby boallen » Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:00 pm

Since this page comes up first in Google for "mint mate xrdp", I am going to post the solution to the problem I was having here :)

For some reason, my xrdp started having trouble (loading only desktop folders/files and no other UI elements). To fix this, I:

1.) Edited /etc/xrdp/ to comment out the default and add "mate-session". Looks like this:

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if [ -r /etc/default/locale ]; then
  . /etc/default/locale

# Default
#. /etc/X11/Xsession


2.) Created the .Xclients file in my home dir and made it executable. Commands:

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sudo echo "mate-session" > ~/.Xclients
sudo chmod +x ~/.Xclients

3.) Restarted xrdp:

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/etc/init.d/xrdp restart

Boom, fixed. <3

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Re: Linux Mint MATE and XRDP

Postby martinbaines » Wed Sep 25, 2013 2:06 pm

I had this same issue and tried the above and it did not fix the problem HOWEVER a little more probing and I found a solution that worked for me.

For many of the utilities to work remotely you must have a .Xauthority file in your home directory. To create one is simple from any terminal just use the following command

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touch ~/.Xauthority

Logout and log back in and it all should just work - or at least it did for me.

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Re: Linux Mint MATE and XRDP

Postby larryvc » Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:18 pm

martinbaines post is spot on for Linux Mint 17 too. No changes to /etc/xrdp/ were needed. Just having the .Xauthority file in your home directory does the trick.

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Re: Linux Mint MATE and XRDP

Postby Voltron » Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:06 am

Hello, larryvc:

I am trying to use xrdp & Remmina, to remote into a Linux Mint 17.1 (MATE) notebook computer; but, I am having problems getting connected. I have been successful creating an SSH tunnel and using the default VNC client (Vino) inside this tunnel; however, it is slow and it only opens the logged-in session, on the remote system. I would like to use xrdp to log onto my own session, on the remote system, without needing someone, on the remote system, to be already logged on. Do I need to install something other than Vino, to make this work, with xrdp or can xrdp use Vino, too? And, regarding your post from November 10, 2014, do I simply need to create a blank .Xauthority file in my own home directory? Is this the home directory on my local system or the remote system?

I would greatly appreciate your assistance, as this appears to be the last thing I need to get working, to complete my remote administration-related tasks. Thank you, larryvc and thanks to anyone for their assistance; this Linux Mint "newbie" greatly appreciates the help.

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