It would be nice if it were possible to browse the available exe files on a
windows terminal server from the TLDC GUI.
For ideas on how to implement this, see bug 1360.
Continuing comment from 1360:
>One problem is that the .exe files are not actually available on the ThinLinc
>servers. (If they were, it would also be possible to *browse* to the correct
>file, instead of having to type it in by hand. A big improvement.) So, how to
>reach the .exe from ThinLinc? There are two usable protocols:
>1) CIFS. TLDC could call "smbclient". Or, we could create a link to
>"konqueror", which supports CIFS. One problem: Which user should we
>authenticate as? The simple solution is just to popup a username/password
>dialog, and let the admin decide. CIFS *might* be disabled altogether, though.
> Another problem: It's not very easy to get the local, absolute path from a
>CIFS path. If the servers shares \\server\programs, and we find
>\\server\programs\app\app.exe, how do we
>know if this file is c:\program\app\app.exe or c:\program files\app\app.exe?
Actually, it *is* possible to retrieve the local path from a CIFS path: You can
translate a CIFS share name to a local path with a comment like this:
rpcclient -c "netshareenum 2"
The output is like:
> remark: Standardresurs
> path: C:\
rpcclient is from Samba 3. I think this would be ideal for us. We could create a
web GUI for smblient which allows us to both browse .EXEs and download/browse
Instead of just browsing for .EXEs, we might want to make it possible to browse
for Shortcuts (.LNK files) as well. These usually works better, since some
applications requires a certain current directory or certain strange command
line arguments and/or switches.
I like this bug. We already have experience with calling tools from the Samba suite, and all functionality that we require is in Samba 3:s "smbclient" and "rpcclient". Writing a web frontend to smbclient should be very hard.
From a commercial perspective, this bug is important if we want to enhance our support for integrating WTS applications on a Linux desktop.
rdesktop (and associated tools) is being removed from the ThinLinc product.