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Old 12-30-2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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Question Help with konsole options on Mandriva 06

My goal is to setup an easy way to start/setup telnet sessions to my AIX server from mandriva 06 stations. The users are very tech challenged and need to get to the logon screen in 1 step. Konsole works great as a client but im having trouble making it as simple as I need.

I want konsole to start up on a specific profile, which makes the font size huge, and automatically open a telnet session to my server. The problem is that when I load a profile from the command prompt Konsole seems to ignore my command to start the telnet session. This is what im using:

konsole --profile profile_name -e telnet x.x.x.x

this starts konsol but only loads the profile while:

konsole -e telnet x.x.x.x

starts konsole and opens the telnet session. Can I have both? Ideally I would like to open 3 sessions at once that all connect to the server, automatically. Any ideas?

If you know of another telnet client that may work better please let me know. My windows client is Blue Vista and it works great, unfortunately it has a few bugs when running on wine libraries.

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Old 12-31-2005, 02:41 AM   #2
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The easiest way to do this is to create a new session type. Open a konsole window, and under Settings->Configure Konsole, create a new session type. Name it "AIX" or something, add your telnet options to the "Execute" section, tweek the schema and other settings, then save it. It will be saved to ~/.kde/share/apps/konsole/<type name>.desktop. Now, you can start a new konsole by typing "konsole --type AIX". It will launch a new console with those base settings. If you want to do further tweeks to the windows size, add more session tabs, etc, do so, then go to the Settings->Save Sessions Profile menu option, and save the profile (ex: MyAIX). Now you can reproduce that exact profile with "konsole --profile MyAIX". This is saved under ~/.kde/share/apps/konsole/profiles/MyAIX.

If you want all users to have these settings available by default, you can copy them to /usr/share/apps/konsole/ & /usr/share/apps/konsole/profiles accordingly. If you don't want these avalable to all users, then you will need to copy them by hand to each users home directory (see above paths).

Personally, I'd recommend using ssh instead of telnet. It's more secure and it's available for aix, and it encrypts the data packets. You could get the users passwords by running tcpdump otherwise.
Old 01-02-2006, 01:34 PM   #3
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GrueMaster, thank you for the detailed response. I'll give it a try tuesday and post my results!


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