I login remotely to my PC (Ubuntu 18.04, XRDP 0.9.5) from my laptop (Windows 10) using windows remote desktop. Once I have logged in remotely to Ubuntu, I cannot login locally to it (for times when I am physically in the lab). Locally, I see the login screen and enter my password but the login screen appears again without any error messages. I then have to logout from my remote session (which kills any experiments I am doing) in order to login locally and this works fine. The problem is that I have to logout from my remote session and this is not an ideal situation for me. The reverse is also true [if logged in locally, I am unable to login remotely. I get a connection, enter my password but nothing happens, no error messages even].

Is there a solution to this problem. The closest post I could find was this but I don't understand what this guy did. Appreciate the help. Thanks


By default xrdp will create a new session when you remotely connect and the local user must be logged out first for this to work or otherwise you will see a blank screen when you connect remotely.

To have xrdp log you in to the existing active logged-in local session instead, follow these steps:

First, enable screen sharing in Ubuntu settings and set a password.

Then, edit /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini like so:

sudo nano /etc/xrdp/xrdp.ini

Then, copy and paste the following at the end of the file:

name=Local Active Session

Then, save the file and close the editor by pressing Ctrl + x then y then Enter

Finally, run in the terminal:

gsettings set org.gnome.Vino require-encryption false

Next, login locally then connect from a remote machine and choose Local Active Session from the Session drop-down menu when you see this screen:

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Then, enter the password you set for screen sharing and click the OK button when you see the password field that looks like this:

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  • thank you @Raffa for a very detailed answer. I tried it when I was able to go to the lab physically and it worked as described. However I would like to point out that there were 2 scenarios which i had thought would have identical solutions, but it turns out that they are not identical. – John Bolton Apr 2 at 21:36
  • 1. Logged in Locally -> Try to log in Remotely via XRDP -- This solution works [login via the newly created Local Active Session]. – John Bolton Apr 2 at 21:36
  • 2. Logged in Remotely -> Try to log in Locally -- Doesn't work [with fair reason that this procedure modifies xrdp, while it would require some way to modify the local login]. – John Bolton Apr 2 at 21:36

Although this is not an answer this may help someone following the answer from @Raffa above. I followed the answer from Raffa and I could not get it to work I kept getting this error:

this error

In the end the error for me was that I was trying to connect from a computer with multiple screens to a remote computer with one screen and "Use all my monitors" was checked in my RDP client see here:

see here

When I unchecked it it worked. Hope this helps someone.

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