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My keyboard just broke down, so I wanted to enable the on-screen keyboard, found in "Universal settings", via the command line (by logging in to that PC via ssh)....

Unfortunately, I cannot find any guidance to doing that - any ideas?

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You can use SSH to add the onboard screen keyboard to the list of startup application.
To do so you should simply create a .display file within ~/.config/autostart directory.
The onboard.display file should contain:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Exec=onboard
Hidden=false
NoDisplay=false
X-GNOME-Autostart-enabled=true
Name=Onboard Keyboard
Comment=

Save it and restart (sudo shutdown -r now).

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Awesome @yossile, many thanks for the answer! For some reason, I missed the message when you posted the answer, which is why I accept it so late, sorry about that.. Thanks again - cheers! –  sdaau Apr 1 '12 at 11:18
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