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rdesktop - Remote Desktop Protocol client
rdesktop [options] server[:port]
rdesktop is a client for Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server, Windows 2000 Terminal Ser-
vices, Windows XP Remote Desktop, and possibly other Terminal Services products. rdesktop
currently implements the RDP version 4 protocol.
Username for authentication on the terminal server.
Domain for authentication.
Startup shell for the user - starts a specific application instead of Explorer.
The initial working directory for the user. Often used in combination with -s to
set up a fixed login environment.
The password to authenticate with. Note that this may have no effect if "Always
prompt for password" is enabled on the server. WARNING: if you specify a password
on the command line it may be visible to other users when they use tools like ps.
Use -p - to make rdesktop request a password at startup (from standard input).
Client hostname. Normally rdesktop automatically obtains the hostname of the
Keyboard layout to emulate. This requires a corresponding keymap file to be
installed. The standard keymaps provided with rdesktop follow the RFC1766 naming
scheme: a language code followed by a country code if necessary - e.g. en-us, en-
gb, de, fr, sv, etc. The default is en-us (a US keyboard).
Desktop geometry (WxH). If geometry is the special word "workarea", the geometry
will be fetched from the extended window manager hints property _NET_WORKAREA, from
the root window.
-f Enable fullscreen mode. This overrides the window manager and causes the rdesktop
window to fully cover the current screen. Fullscreen mode can be toggled at any
time using Ctrl-Alt-Enter.
-b Force the server to send screen updates as bitmaps rather than using higher-level
-e Disable encryption. This option is only needed (and will only work) if you have a
French version of NT TSE.
-m Do not send mouse motion events. This saves bandwidth, although some Windows
applications may rely on receiving mouse motion.
-C Use private colourmap. This will improve colour accuracy on an 8-bit display, but
rdesktop will appear in false colour when not focused.
-K Do not override window manager key bindings. By default rdesktop attempts to grab
all keyboard input when it is in focus.
-D Hide window manager decorations, by using MWM hints.
Main website of rdesktop
October 2002 rdesktop(1)
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