Commands by johnquail (3)

  • This command will: 1. open an SSH tunnel to 2. go to background 3. wait for 10 seconds for the connection 4. during the 10 seconds wait it will localy run 'rdesktop' to connect to the remote host through the created SSH tunnel. Password-less log in can be achieved (when server allows it) by adding '-p ' to the 'rdesktop' command

    ssh -f -L3389:<RDP_HOST>:3389 <SSH_PROXY> "sleep 10" && rdesktop -T'<WINDOW_TITLE>' -uAdministrator -g800x600 -a8 -rsound:off -rclipboard:PRIMARYCLIPBOARD -5 localhost
    johnquail · 2011-07-14 05:48:06 0
  • This command 1. SSH into a machine 2. Tunnels VNC port to your local computer ("-L 5900:localhost:5900") 3. Runs a single use vnc server ("x11vnc -safer -localhost -nopw -once -display :0") 4. Goes into the background ("-f") 5. Runs VNC viewer on the local computer connecting to the remote machine via the newly created SSH tunnel ("vinagre localhost:5900")

    ssh -f -L 5900:localhost:5900 your.ssh.server "x11vnc -safer -localhost -nopw -once -display :0"; vinagre localhost:5900
    johnquail · 2010-12-29 08:41:10 2
  • The linux package imagmagick is required for this command

    convert -adjoin -page A4 *.jpeg multipage.pdf
    johnquail · 2009-03-12 14:49:18 1

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