[CentOS] telnet and Gnome logins

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Wed Mar 28 00:17:37 UTC 2007

Kanwar Ranbir Sandhu wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a thin client user with a regular Gnome desktop that he logs into
> everyday.  He also telnets from a remote site into the same server that
> provides his Gnome desktop.  I know, telnet is insecure, but it's all
> over VPN, so it's a little better.  Also, he's using telnet from Windows
> system.
> Anyway, management wants a console app to be executed when that user
> logs in over telnet.  That's easy enough with a "exec app" line in
> his .bash_profile.  But, that prevents gnome-session from starting when
> he logs into his Gnome desktop.
> Is it possible to do both?  That is, give him his Gnome desktop when he
> logs in from GDM, and the console app when he logs in over telnet?  The
> easiest solution I can think of is installing NX Client on the Windows
> PC and configuring it to execute a script that starts gnome-terminal
> with console app passed to it (gnome-terminal -x app).  freenx is
> already installed and running on the server.
> Are there any other options?

putty is preferable to telnet.

tightvnc can give him a full Gnome desktop on Windows. I discovered that 
when playing with SUSE.

Give said user two accounts:-)

> Regards,
> Ranbir



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