SLED11 SP3 tsclient does not allow new Terminal Service Clients to be added.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 Service Pack 3 (SLED 11 SP3)


A default installation of SLED11 SP3 includes the tsclient package.
When executing tsclient > add connection > verify 'Windows Terminal Service' client is greyed out

With earlier versions of SLED11 than SP3, the default tsclient behavior is to offer the possibility to connect to a 'Windows Terminal Service' client under 'Add Connection'.

With SLED11 SP3 this option has now been 'greyed out' and no longer possible to connect to by default.


As a temporary workaround, it is possible to use this as a workaround until the problem has been resolved in an official patch :
  • touch a file called rdesktop under /sbin
  • chmod u+x rdesktop
  • execute tsclient, add connection, verify 'Windows Terminal Service' client can be selected again.


Tsclient is searching for an executable called rdesktop, but it's not looking for one called xfreerdp which is the name of the executable from the FreeRDP package which has replaced rdesktop.

Additional Information

Running strace confirms tsclient searches the rdesktop executable in any of the following locations:

access("/sbin/rdesktop", X_OK)          = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/sbin/rdesktop", X_OK)      = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/local/sbin/rdesktop", X_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/root/bin/rdesktop", X_OK)      = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/local/bin/rdesktop", X_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/bin/rdesktop", X_OK)       = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/bin/rdesktop", X_OK)           = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/bin/X11/rdesktop", X_OK)   = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/X11R6/bin/rdesktop", X_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/games/rdesktop", X_OK)     = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/lib64/jvm/jre/bin/rdesktop", X_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/lib/mit/bin/rdesktop", X_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
access("/usr/lib/mit/sbin/rdesktop", X_OK) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)


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  • Document ID:7014387
  • Creation Date: 08-Jan-2014
  • Modified Date:28-Sep-2022
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop

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