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Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)!

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Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Natalie R. W. 7/7/14 7:30 AM
Hello All,

We are excited to announce official Linux support in Chrome Remote Desktop with step-by-step directions provided in our Help Center article linked here. You can find instructions under Set up Chrome Remote Desktop > Enable remote access > Linux (Beta).

Take a look below for some helpful tips and basic troubleshooting recommendations from the development team to make the most of your Chrome Remote Desktop experience on Linux! 

Setting the resolution of the virtual desktop: By default, the system will create a virtual desktop that is 1600x1200 pixels in size. To change this, add this line to your ~/.profile script:

export CHROME_REMOTE_DESKTOP_DEFAULT_DESKTOP_SIZES=1024x768

If the session is already running, you will need to restart it for this setting to take effect:

sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop
sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start


Having Trouble?

1. Running Chrome in the virtual session
The virtual session is set up so that, when you run Chrome from within the virtual session, it will be set up with a new profile. This is done because Chrome does not support using multiple X displays within the same profile. You can use Chrome Sync to synchronize your bookmarks and other settings within the virtual session.

2. Viewing the host service logs
The virtual desktop is created by the system init.d service “chrome-remote-desktop”. This service is started from the web-app when you enable remote connections. Each time this service runs, it creates a log file named /tmp/chrome_remote_desktop_... (the suffix contains a timestamp and a random string).

If the service fails to start (or only runs for a short while), this might be because the session is not properly configured. If this occurs, take a look at the log file.

If you have questions, please feel free to write in below!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! James Welbes 7/8/14 10:05 AM
Nice! I don't use Linux, so no joy for me but this is exciting none-the-less! Thanks Google!

P.S. Chrome OS next please? hehe
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Alvaro M. Jimenez 7/8/14 1:01 PM
I found that only works on Ubuntu and Debian. What about RedHat, Fedora or CentOS any way to enable remote access on these distributions?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! mjevans 7/8/14 1:09 PM
I don't have a RedHat/Fedora/CentOS/Scientific Linux system at my fingertips, however IIRC you should look under /etc/rc.d/ for a similarly named service, or investigate if there is a systemd service by a similar name.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! david.king 7/8/14 1:25 PM
Awesome!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Hideki 7/8/14 2:43 PM
Unfortunately, this is not functional at least with gnome-shell. (I get a blank screen) 

Though, it seems like it just creates display on :20, so I could launch separate DE (I tried LXDE) through command line -- I might have to investigate defining special .xsession file for that instance of Xorg otherwise I won't be able to instantiate session from remote...
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Marcos Alano 7/8/14 3:19 PM
I have a similar problem. I tried to use Ubuntu session (not "ubuntu-2d", just "ubuntu") and I got a black screen. I will give some time until final version come.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! mleroy 7/8/14 4:03 PM
My x session starts properly but I get a different error:

Host process terminated
Failure count for 'host' is now 1
OAuth credentials are invalid - exiting.
Cleanup.

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Saqib Ali 7/8/14 4:06 PM
How do I disable the firewall traversal on this?

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Tyler Egeto 7/8/14 8:02 PM
I've been playing around with this for a bit, and it works great. But please let us disable the "You're in full screen, press ESC to exit" message, its really hurting the usability.

Thank you to the team who brought this to Linux!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Tareeq Ali 7/8/14 8:36 PM
I am running Debian Sid and the "Enable remote connections" does not show up inside the chrome app.  Tested it out on two machines, I can share and control a remote session from them but I cannot add my machines to the list of "My Computers". 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Tyler Egeto 7/8/14 8:54 PM
Did you install the .deb package? The links are buried on this page: https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1649523?hl=en 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! phanoko 7/8/14 9:36 PM
FYI - 
I got it running under Fedora 20 and documented it all here.


EDIT: 
I'm getting one error now, I think it's unrelated but still testing it
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Nie Fan 7/9/14 2:12 AM
I get a "Failed to start remote access service" error message while trying to enable remote connections on Ubuntu14.04.
And there is not any log file prefixed with "chrome_remote_desktop" in /tmp/
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! craig bendell 7/9/14 4:32 AM
I've got Synergy sharing my mouse with the remote session. The mouse cursor doesn't track what Synergy is doing with the mouse position - the cursor only moves when I use the client on my Nexus 10 to move it, even though I can click and drag selections elsewhere with Synergy (that is, even without the cursor moving, I am still clicking somewhere else). Any ideas how I could work around this and get the cursor following the latest mouse position - whether that's from Synergy or not?

Works great otherwise. I thought it'd be fun to do this to get my Nexus 10 working as a secondary monitor :)
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Julien BENOIT 7/9/14 4:42 AM
Same issue here.
Unable to find the "Enable remote connections" checkbox. So I click on "Share" button, and it keeps asking me to download the Chrome remote access package which I already installed. So it  does not work at all.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Tareeq Ali 7/9/14 5:59 AM
Yes tried both, one the app suggested to install and the one from the support page (they are the same .deb package).  The important thing to note is that I am running systemd opposed to init.  However systemd shows the service is running.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! drewsears 7/9/14 6:22 AM
I'm running Lubuntu 14.04. Enabling remote connections fails after 30 seconds or so of trying. Looks like this was the critical error:

/usr/sbin/lightdm-session: 14: /etc/X11/Xsession.d/98xbindkeys: [[: not found

After taking out my 98xbindkeys file, starting remote connections works.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jan Wildeboer 7/9/14 6:34 AM
Nice! Where is the source code so we can start working on building it for othher architectures? This could be a nice feature for Raspberry Pi or Beagleboards. Itr is open source, isn't it?

Jan
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Roman Strazhnyk 7/9/14 8:33 AM
Any kubuntu related instructions?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Kendall Price 7/9/14 8:47 AM
I also get black screen on Ubuntu 14.04.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Spoken Word 7/9/14 9:36 AM
I get nothing but a black screen on my Nexus 5 when attempting to use this. I've installed the .deb file, restarted, made sure my firewall wasn't at issue and I still have no luck. This definitely isn't ready for prime time. I honestly would label it as an alpha.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! mdalacu 7/9/14 11:57 AM
Hi, is there a possibility to connect to the running session (screen 0) like any VNC server does  (i know it could also start a virtual session)? Also on windoze it connects to the console. This is very important for a lot of folks.
Thank you.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Mateus Rodrigues Costa 7/9/14 8:29 PM
Hi, I'm packaging chrome-remote-desktop for the AUR[1].  Both me and the users of the package are never given the option to Enable Remote Connections.
I wanted to know if maybe something I was doing, or even not doing, during the packaging process could be the issue.

[1] https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/chrome-remote-desktop/
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Vickie Coy-Brown 7/9/14 11:11 PM
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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Rick Tait 7/10/14 12:42 AM
this worked perfectly for me on an up-to-date x86_64Ubuntu 14.04 LTS box (dual-head gnome 3 + gdm). i decided i didn't want to run a full gnome session when connecting to this box remotely, i want to run super lightweight icewm instead. so in my $HOME/.chrome-remote-desktop-session file i have:

exec /usr/bin/icewm-session

everything works as advertised.

the only problem i have is that chrome RDP server on the linux side thinks i dont have XRANDR installed. the Ubuntu 14.04 X does indeed have it installed as far as i can tell, it just doesn't have the XvFb-randr binary that the chrome RDP script expects to be existing. this, i think, has something to do with the resize not working for me. because i have dual monitors the entire 2x desktop (3360x1050) is being remoted, instead of my as-specified 1024x768 (via environment variable). 

aside from this niggle, its working great for me. 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Rick Tait 7/10/14 12:46 AM
@Hideki:

if you just want a simple window manager to launch terminals from, install icewm (apt-get install icewm) and then put something like:

exec /usr/bin/icewm-session

in your $HOME/.chrome-remote-desktop-session

and then give it another go.

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! phanoko 7/10/14 6:01 PM
Just as an FYI, I did finally get around to fixing this on Fedora.  
It works 100% now. 
I did use as Rick Tait mentioned; 

exec /usr/bin/icewm-session

WooHoo, Full Red Hat / Fedora desktop

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! William Br 7/11/14 4:23 AM
Wow, this is going in to NoMachine (NX) territory, but can Chrome offer the same performance?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! ѕαηнєя™ 7/11/14 10:06 AM
Sounds Great!!!!!!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Hideki 7/11/14 10:22 AM
@Rick Exactly the information I was looking for. Thank you!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 7/11/14 12:00 PM
+1000000
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Colin Son 7/11/14 1:58 PM
New to ubuntu. New Ubuntu 14.04 LTS install 32 bit. I cannot find the desktop ubuntu is launching. My /usr/share/xsessions has only a single file titled 'ubuntu' which is blank. No hidden files. I assume, since no other desktops were installed by myself, that means I'm just using the newest version of unity. 

However, I'm not sure how to describe that in my .chrome-remote-desktop-session.

I've tried:

exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=unity"

exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=ubuntu-2d"

exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=gnome"

exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=gnome-classic"

Although presumably none but unity are installed. I'm getting just a black screen when I log in from android or a windows 7 box. Maybe it has nothing to do with not knowing how to describe the desktop session to launch. Since I have only one installed maybe it doesn't matter.

Just to be sure, since a window manager would work, I installed icewm-session and set up my .chrome-remote-deskto-session as Rick Tait did. But if I do that chrome remote desktop fails to enable from the add-on.

Sad. This would be lovely since I'm having so much trouble with Splashtop. On to try vnc4server or something of the like :(
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Marcos Alano 7/11/14 2:36 PM
I already tried:
exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=ubuntu"

And I got a black screen too.


So, How we do on a regular Ubuntu with Unity?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! ubuntuser 7/13/14 2:54 PM
If you cannot login to Unity after installing chrome remote desktop, at login screen press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to drop to terminal and type

sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop

Then return back to GUI mode and login. It should work. 

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Natalie R. W. 7/14/14 9:07 AM
Hi All,

We are really happy to see that some of you have been able to resolve your issues through discussion with one another! Thanks for your individual patience as we work with the CRD team to address your inquiries. Please see below for some of our responses:

@Hideki - if you are still having the same issue as your original post, please consider the following recommendation: Create a ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session script with something like:
exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session /usr/bin/startlxde

@mleroy - if you're still receiving the error: "OAuth credentials are invalid - exiting", I suggest signing out of the web-app (using the "Sign out" link in the top right corner), then authorizing the app again and selecting "Enable remote connections" again.

@Saqib - if you're still having problems with your NAT traversal, our team has yet to update these instructions for Linux yet. However, policy settings are supported by following the same instructions as for Chrome on Linux via the web address linked here. You will need to create a chrome-remote-desktop.json in /etc/opt/chrome/policies/managed/ (the filename is arbitrary - Chrome Remote Desktop reads all files in this folder). Then add policy entries following the examples in http://dl.google.com/dl/edgedl/chrome/policy/policy_templates.zip

For all of you who are receiving "black screen" problems, please try creating a ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session that runs a lightweight desktop environment such as XFCE or LXDE, or just plain xterm for testing:
exec xterm

We understand that there are users who reported that the "Enable remote connections" button does not show up. Please go ahead and make sure that the .deb package is installed, and that they are running the official Google Chrome browser, not chromium. The Debian package installs some manifest.json files in /etc/opt/chrome/native-messaging-hosts/ but chromium looks in /etc/chromium/native-messaging-hosts/.

Currently we can also verify that it is installed on Ubuntu. E.g. We are still investigating CRD performance for Mint Linux. Our team has opened a bug to track this issue linked here. You are welcome to click the star icon next to the Issue Number for email updates and/or recommendations. Please also feel free to write in to the bug-tracker with your details. The button should still be shown once ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session is created.

Hopefully this post answers most of your questions. Once again, we appreciate your continued patience and contribution to the Forum. 

Kind Regards,
Natalie R. W.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Roman Strazhnyk 7/14/14 10:10 AM
Any Kubuntu or kde (linux mint) information?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Peter KW Leung 7/15/14 9:00 AM
I also did not have “Enable remote connections” button.

I'm running Debian wheezy 7.5.  

And I  am running Chrome 35 (not chromium).

The .deb package was installed.  See output below (I had some dependencies issues which I think were solved by running
 apt-get -f install)

The chrome-remote-desktop daemon is running.

Any further advice?

Thanks
====
$ sudo dpkg -i chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb 
[sudo] password for peter: 
Selecting previously unselected package chrome-remote-desktop.
(Reading database ... 201911 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking chrome-remote-desktop (from chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb) ...
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of chrome-remote-desktop:
 chrome-remote-desktop depends on xvfb-randr | xvfb; however:
  Package xvfb-randr is not installed.
  Package xvfb is not installed.
 chrome-remote-desktop depends on xbase-clients; however:
  Package xbase-clients is not installed.
 chrome-remote-desktop depends on python-psutil; however:
  Package python-psutil is not installed.
dpkg: error processing chrome-remote-desktop (--install):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
 chrome-remote-desktop



$ sudo apt-get -f install
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Correcting dependencies... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  lesstif2 libconsole
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  python-psutil xbase-clients xvfb
The following NEW packages will be installed:
  python-psutil xbase-clients xvfb
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 94 not upgraded.
1 not fully installed or removed.
Need to get 1,017 kB of archives.
After this operation, 2,361 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? 
Get:1 http://deb.vanvps.com/debian/ wheezy/main xvfb amd64 2:1.12.4-6+deb7u2 [925 kB]
Get:2 http://deb.vanvps.com/debian/ wheezy/main xbase-clients all 1:7.7+3~deb7u1 [36.3 kB]
Get:3 http://deb.vanvps.com/debian/ wheezy/main python-psutil amd64 0.5.1-1 [55.4 kB]
Fetched 1,017 kB in 3s (270 kB/s)       
Selecting previously unselected package xvfb.
(Reading database ... 201973 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking xvfb (from .../xvfb_2%3a1.12.4-6+deb7u2_amd64.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package xbase-clients.
Unpacking xbase-clients (from .../xbase-clients_1%3a7.7+3~deb7u1_all.deb) ...
Selecting previously unselected package python-psutil.
Unpacking python-psutil (from .../python-psutil_0.5.1-1_amd64.deb) ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
Setting up xvfb (2:1.12.4-6+deb7u2) ...
Setting up xbase-clients (1:7.7+3~deb7u1) ...
Setting up python-psutil (0.5.1-1) ...
Setting up chrome-remote-desktop (35.0.1916.17) ...
Shutting down Chrome Remote Desktop hosts (they will restart automatically)...
Processing triggers for python-support ...

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Lengau 7/16/14 5:07 PM
It seems I can't change my keyboard layout in this :-(
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 7/16/14 5:18 PM
@Roman, like Natalie pointed out, there's an open issue here currently investigating this. Will be super helpful to comment on or star.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Marcos Alano 7/17/14 7:22 AM
@Natalie

I have the black screen issue I tried xterm and works fine, so the problem is with Unity/gnome-session/LightDM integration.

Any ideas?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 7/17/14 12:20 PM
@Marcos I guess, because I use i3wm on Ubuntu and it works but the load was unbearable for a session so using a lighter one at the moment pending further info about what the problem is.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! enuffsaid 7/18/14 9:32 AM
After the issues I had described here:  https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!category-topic/chrome/Uqb9TahmDhI

I'm still unable to upgrade.  Not even to version 36.  Google Chrome keeps crashing at startup.

I need to reinstall version 34 to be able to use Chrome.  :(
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Artur Kozioł 7/23/14 8:43 AM
Chrome remote desktop (Chrome version 31...) was working nice on openSUSE but yesterday I found that now it requiring to download .deb package. 
It is possible to use remote desktop without this package as it was in older version of Chrome?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Natalie R. W. 7/24/14 4:32 PM
Hi again, everyone!

Hope you all have been well - thanks for your continued contribution to the Chrome Browser Forum.

For those of you who are still experiencing black-screen problems with Unity, we'd like to let you know that we are still investigating this issue. However, you can try an alternative desktop (such as Cinnamon or KDE or Xfce). You could also try running /usr/sbin/unity from the ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session script:
/usr/sbin/lightdm-session /usr/bin/unity

We'd like to caution you, however, that this work-around can cause all "compiz" processes to be killed, which will affect the console desktop session (possibly unlocking the desktop if it's locked). There is an Ubuntu bug for this: https://bugs.launchpad.net/unity/+bug/1324114.

For other black-screen problems, check that a blanking screen-saver isn't running (such as xscreensaver). Also, please take a look at the logs in /tmp/chrome_remote_desktop_*.

@Peter KW Leung - For non-Ubuntu distributions, it is necessary to create a custom ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session script as described in the Help Center article. Once this file is created and the web-app is launched or reloaded, the button should appear.

Cheers,
Natalie R. W.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Andrew Chamb... 7/24/14 5:15 PM
I can confirm that putting an xfce session start command in ~/.chrome-remote-desktop fixed my problem.

thanks!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Steve Farnell 7/25/14 11:28 PM
I have been seeing this issue for a while.  After reviewing the log file, I found a few interesting errors:

gnome-session-is-accelerated: No hardware 3D support.
gnome-session-check-accelerated: Helper exited with code 256

** (process:7863): WARNING **: software acceleration check failed: Child process exited with code 1

(gnome-session-check-accelerated:7891): dconf-CRITICAL **: unable to create file '~/.cache/dconf/user': Permission denied.  dconf will not work properly.

This last message appears several times.  Maybe this is a common issue?  
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Steve Farnell 7/25/14 11:36 PM
I just installed a proprietary 3D accelerated graphics driver, and the "No hardware 3D support" message went away, but now after the user connects I see a different warning

Xlib:  extension "RANDR" missing on display ":20".
[0725/233116:WARNING:chromium_port_allocator.cc(120)] Received error when allocating relay session: 403
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jon Skanes 7/25/14 11:43 PM
Wonderful.  Worked like a charm.  I'm running Trusty using KDE.  I didn't even bother with trying KDE for my remote session since I'll be using it primary from either an Android phone or tablet.  I figured the overhead of XFCE4 would suit me far better.

I ran into a few hiccups along the way, though.

For some reason, Chrome didn't figure out the file association for .deb files.  To work around this, I used the following from a terminal:

qapt-deb-installer /path/to/dowloads/chrome-remote-desktop_current_i386.deb

qapt will bring in any missing package dependencies.  Unfortunately, this wasn't perfect, ether, and the .deb didn't configure correctly.  The solution to this was running from a terminal:

dpkg --install  /path/to/dowloads/chrome-remote-desktop_current_i386.deb

To the Google Debian package maintainers:  It would be nice if you provided alternate instructions for the package install which use the 'apt-add-repository' utility.  I believe you offer instructions like these for Chrome and the Google Talk plugin.

Finally, all that remains is to install XFCE4 and configure Chrome Remote Desktop to use it.

On my fairly fully loaded KDE system, the packages I needed were installed from a terminal, as follows:

sudo apt-get install xfce4 xfce4-terminal

Finally, Chrome Remote Desktop has to be configured to use XFCE4, by default, for any remote user.  This is done by creating a file named '.chrome-remote-desktop-session' in each user's home directory.  It must contain the following:

exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "startxfce4"

To make sure that the changes are picked up by sessions already running, restart the plugin:

sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop
sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start

Jon

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jon Skanes 7/26/14 12:00 AM
After playing around with it, congratulations are in order!  With my setup, I have no XFCE4 eye candy installed.  I haven't even considered using my normal KDE environment; I don't need its complexity for my remote desktop uses.  With this setup, even my Galaxy Nexus is responsive and fluid using my carrier's HSDPA cell network.

Well done everyone!


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jon Skanes 7/26/14 12:12 AM
@Roman Strazhnyk

I'm not sure if it will apply seamlessly, but I worked through installing it on my Kubuntu KDE based system.  I posted my results in these instructions in an earlier reply to this thread.  Hope it helps!

Jon
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Steve Farnell 7/27/14 12:51 AM
I have investigated this a little more on my computer running Ubuntu 14.04. 

 First, I edited ~/.profile, and added "export CHROME_REMOTE_DESKTOP_DEFAULT_DESKTOP_SIZES=1920x1080" to the end of the file.  

Second, I installed an alternative window manager.  I tried two of them; the first one I tried was XFCE (sudo apt-get install xfce4 xfce4-terminal)  the second one I tried was KDE (sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop).

Finally, I created a file ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session that contains only one line.

To run KDE, I put this line:

exec /usr/bin/startkde

To run XFCE, I put this line:

exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "startxfce4"

Then, to get it all working I stop and start the chrome-remote-desktop daemon.  (sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop; sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start)
 
Now, when I log in to my computer, I get Unity, but when I connect remotely, I get the GUI I specified in the chrome-remote-desktop-session file.  The desktop icons are the same, and the resolution is good for my laptops and acceptable for my chromebook.  I can even log in with my tablets/phone, but I don't really see myself being productive by doing this.  It's good to look at files I haven't uploaded though.

It's a decent work around, and I do like the idea of having separate local and remote login, but a part of me would rather just take over the desktop running on my computer.

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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Vitor Nascimento dos Santos 7/31/14 11:01 PM
I'm using Chrome browser 36.
And the Ubuntu 14.04.

I've installed the .deb package and the Chrome Remote Desktop plugin.
The "Enable remote control" button appeared.
And I enabled it.
I successfully connected with my device...

However, it show a very wide ubuntu's wallpaper (the factory wallpaper) from my desktop...
I can put icons and the shortcuts on the desktop...
And it show on the remote desktop...

But I can't interact with that.
I can't select the icons and the shortcuts.
I can't see the left ubuntu's bar and the upper bar...
I can't start any programs...

Any solution?

I hope it become stable version very soon.

Thanks!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 8/1/14 7:33 PM
@Jon, Thanks for detailed instructions. Hope it helps others
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 8/1/14 7:35 PM
@Steve, It's nice to know it's working on 14.04. I might make the upgrade soon :)
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 8/1/14 7:35 PM
@Vitor, Moving the desktop icons amounts to interaction right? Sorry you lost me
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Em Ka 8/2/14 3:49 PM
I get a "Failed to start remote access service" error message while trying to enable remote connections on Ubuntu14.04.
And there is not any log file prefixed with "chrome_remote_desktop" in /tmp/

i got the same error on 14.04. is there anything to fix this?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 8/2/14 5:07 PM
@Em Ka You should have administrative rights to the remote computer you're trying to access.
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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! jayryuusei 8/3/14 9:33 AM
Hi everyone,

I am using an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (with gnome-shell) to connect to a Mac OS X machine.

The connection is working pretty well! - It is surprisingly fast

BUT I have an annoying problem I am wondering if anyone else has already figured out:
When connecting to a Mac, whenever I hit the windows/super/CMD button on my Linux machine, gnome-shell responds instead of the Mac im connecting to.
I have tried remapping keys on the Mac to try and just use typical linux keyboard shortcuts on the Mac machine, but believe it or not that didnt work: it acts as though I didnt change the shortcut settings ONLY through the remote connection from linux!

i think the Mac preferences dialog must be remapping key from the keyboard instead of remapping commands to those keys, so the net effect is nothing happens unless im using the physical keyboard connected to it.

Ideally I would have the same keyboard shortcuts on both machines, but would be fine with just changing my "Super" button or my right-hand-side super button in linux to be reserved for the remote connection if it gets it to work.

Anyone else have this problem, already figure it out, or have any suggestions?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! sflxn 8/4/14 1:58 AM
I'm using Mac and Ubuntu 14.04.1 and Mint 17.  I have chrome 36 on my Mac.  I'm able to connect to my Mac from my Ubuntu machine but not the other way around.  All I get when I try to connect to my ubuntu box from my Mac is a forever spinning "Connecting..." popup.  Could it be the xsession I am using?  On Ubuntu, I'm using Ubuntu as it is the only one showing up in /usr/share/xsessions.  On Mint, I am using cinnamon in the .chrome-desktop... file.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 8/12/14 10:54 PM
Attempting several variations trying to get LXDE to work via LUBUNTU The working command for the standard desktop was

 /usr/bin/lxsession -s Lubuntu -e LXDE

To start a Netbook session:
/usr/bin/lxsession -s Lubuntu-Netbook -e LXDE

Also Tested on openbox
/usr/bin/openbox-session
 
Attached a basic LXDE ".chrome-remote-desktop-session" file that should be placed in users home directory.

Also as mention in the troubleshooting for firewall settting 
  1. Check your firewall settings
Your computer's firewall may be configured in a way that doesn't let the app work properly. Verify that your firewall permits outbound UDP traffic, permits inbound UDP responses, and allows traffic on TCP ports 443 (HTTPS) and 5222 (XMPP).

Also wanted to mention I had trouble getting things installed for a non "sudo-er", on the correct "Lubuntu" user and found the simplest endeavor was to temporarily add sudo to the desired account, then log into that Lubuntu account and preform the installation through chrome using the correct Google account and desired Lubuntu user. after which logging out and removing the sudo access.


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 8/12/14 11:53 PM
My experience attempting to opengl thus far has been a failure. Has anyone had success using opengl and the chrome remote desktop? Any suggested configurations?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 8/13/14 12:01 AM
@Steve Wanting to switch between desktop and mobile device as 1 desktop, the easiest and fastest way I was able to do so was to use a second login on the desired host computer and create a connection to the remote environment. Thus it has proven not able to be simultaneous use of a single desktop, though it does remain the same session from device to device...


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 8/13/14 8:58 AM
It was mentioned by Steve Farnell  that it would be desirable to share a desktop rather than start a new session... 

In addition I want access to programs running opengl...

It was achievable simple enough with the help of a vnc server/client pair running on the host PC, and actually the results were appreciable.  (local network)
Oddly it was useful to use oneko. 

Guess I needed a cat to chase the mouse out...

Basically I created a blank X session and then ran a vnc client to connect to the localhost running a vnc server, then connected the Android app to the X session...


Somethings not mentioned can be found in the link Natalie R. W posted  Help Center article linked here.

Though restarting was needed, it was not required to use sudo...
/etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop
/etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start
was enough...
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Natalie R. W. 8/13/14 9:28 AM
Hi All,

Thanks for your ongoing patience and willingness to help one another - we hope that things have been running smoothly since the latest update!

The CRD Team has recommendations for some of the more recent questions:

@jayryuusei - it sounds like the windows/super/CMD key-presses are being intercepted by the local OS (gnome-shell) instead of being dispatched to the remote Mac desktop. The CRD Team suggests a couple of different options: consider configuring the gnome-session to not swallow these key-events, or try experimenting on the Mac with different shortcut assignments. Feel free to write back with which work-around may have helped with your situation.

@sfixn - regarding your endlessly-spinning "Connecting..." dialog, it's possible that your client plugin is being blocked by Chrome (click-to-play) and likely unrelated to your xsession on the Linux host. Try refreshing the web-app or restarting Chrome. In addition, it would be helpful to take a look at the JavaScript logs (Top Right Menu > More Tools > Javascript Console).

Kind Regards,
Natalie R. W.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Anaivett 8/13/14 12:40 PM
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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! jayryuusei 8/20/14 7:27 AM
Thanks for the suggestions Natalie!

I tend to not use the Super/Win/CMD key on my linux machine (typically use alt key shortcuts and mouse gestures) so I just went through the gnome settings (I use Gnome 3 / shell) and changed or turned off  every shortcut that used it. After that, the key commands made it through to the browser and now it all works!

Thanks!
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jye Ramirez 8/20/14 12:34 PM
The screen sharing works for me but I never got the control sharing to work.
I always get "Failed to start remote access service" whenever I setup Remote Connections.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Kevin Jay 8/27/14 1:18 PM
Is there a way to run CRD in a normal desktop instead of a virtual desktop? I ask because Linux Mint 17 isn't allowing me to run the same program within my virtual desktop at the same time my normal one does. For instance, I can only have deluge open in one or the other, but not both.


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Shaojun Luo 8/30/14 1:06 PM
Black screen when I trying to connect to the remote machine with Ubuntu 14.04

Tried change desktop to Mint and XFCE 4, still, black.

The log shows the following error:

** (process:24210): WARNING **: software acceleration check failed: Child process exited with code 1

** (x-session-manager:24210): CRITICAL **: We failed, but the fail whale is dead. Sorry....

Meaningless....

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 8/31/14 3:34 AM
A black screen is a step in the right direction you have connected to the system but I believe you have not and need to start the X session.

Read through a previous post here:

Hopefully that helps you Shaojun
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! jason larkin 9/3/14 8:05 AM
How can I install the remote desktop plugin via command line?  I want to connect to a VM instance on c9.io and do not have a GUI connection (yet)
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 9/7/14 12:04 AM
Hey jason larkin

This applies at least to Ubuntu 12.04 or higher so your VM instance has to match this basic requirement :)

You can use wget to download the file. Eg:
 for 32bit

Then install with dpkg. Eg:
sudo dpkg -i chrome-remote*.deb

and then follow all the other steps in the "Set up chrome remote..." section of this guide

Cheers,
Jeff.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Tim Albert 9/8/14 5:29 PM
I have 2 Linux Ubuntu 14.04 os desktops. unable to install chrome remote desktop host installer. The help center link was of no help at all. My question is: does this work on Ubuntu 14.04?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! frankjotto 9/8/14 10:37 PM
All,
      Thanks. Give me some simple hints to get started.

                                                                                     Frank
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Shaojun Luo 9/10/14 9:30 AM
Thank you crandellws~~

I add the script and tired xfce,ubuntu,gnome and cinamon2d as mentioned above. It all end with blank black screen and the same error.

The following is the command I used in script when using, for example, gnome:
 
/usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=gnome"

I change the different desktop session by looking in /usr/share/xsessions/ to find corresponding command.

And the return the same black screen and same error.

I don't know why.... 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 9/12/14 4:04 AM
Try loading just a terminal with something like the following in your .xsessionrc located in your home folder:

#!/bin/bash
if [ -n "$CHROME_REMOTE_DESKTOP_SESSION" ]; then
    xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr &
    #xvncviewer localhost:5900 -fullscreen
    xterm
fi

logout

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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 9/12/14 4:33 AM
exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "gnome-session --session=ubuntu-2d"

This the line given by the official help notice it uses the 'exec' command this may help.

Also you should restart the chrome-remote-desktop service when your making changes...

Sorry I am computer-less for a bit so I can not attempt to reproduce results, but I do remember getting a blank black screen as I walked through the setup and only did one final step before everything worked, bit I forget what that last step specificlly was...

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Shaojun Luo 9/17/14 1:01 PM
Hi Crandellws:

I am sure I tried every step given correctly.

I also tried to reinstall my xsession....


Even though I got black screen in normal session, I found the remote desktop works when I use "share my computer to other user" for one time use.

Best regards
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! John Flatley 9/17/14 7:43 PM
I'm having an issue where when I remote in I see my desktop wallpaper but nothing else. I added the line for changing the screen resolution but I'm still unable to see any of the application launcher
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Em Ka 9/24/14 12:19 PM
Even though I got black screen in normal session, I found the remote desktop works when I use "share my computer to other user" for one time use.

hey. thanks for the hint.
i found out, that if xbmc is running, and only if it's running - if you connect to chrome-remote-desktop via "share" , then disconnect from it and connect via "My Computer", it's working for xbmc - and only xbmc. really strange. maybe this helps to fix the problem.
Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! farside268 10/2/14 7:43 AM
Since upgrading from LM16 to LM17, my CRD session no longer runs my .profile, which means my home/bin isn't added to my $PATH. Has anyone else experienced this?
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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! sschueller 10/17/14 2:52 AM
Same here, fresh install of Ubuntu.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 10/17/14 5:27 AM
Similar experience here - originally I had just the wallpaper and nothing else, but that has since changed to just the black screen.  The steps I had taken are setting the display to :1 (which is the desktop I use in a multi-user setup at home).  I also configured it to restart on reboot (since my wife occasionally restarts the machine for whatever reason).  I was able to get it to work on another virtual machine for a while, but for some reason, at some point it returns to the wallpaper-only mode.  I have turned off all screen-savers and locks, but to no avail.  It sounds like we're right on the cusp of getting this to work reliably, and that's great - we've waited so long for this.

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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! zrdunlap 10/18/14 11:36 AM
In case it helps anyone else, I thought I would share how I got CRD working on my Linux Mint 17 machine.

First, I use the Lubuntu desktop since it's extremely lightweight and I can theme it up just how I like. With that said, here's how I got CRD working with Lubuntu

  1. I created an .xsession file in my home folder, then I added the following line to it: exec /usr/bin/lxsession -s Lubuntu -e LXDE
  2. In the required .chrome-remote-desktop.sh file in the home folder (as described in the setup instructions) I have the following line for Lubuntu: exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session "/usr/bin/lxsession -s Lubuntu -e LXDE"

All works really well now and I can connect using CRD.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 10/20/14 11:31 AM
Following an issue in the chromium builds, I found an answer for the black screen problem, and as a matter of fact, everything seems to be working very well for me now.  The fix involves changing the .chrome-remote-desktop file in your home directory to contain this:

#!/bin/sh -x
export DESKTOP_SESSION=ubuntu
export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity
exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session 'gnome-session --session=ubuntu-2d'

With everything else the same as supplied in the distribution, I am now able to connect to this session and everything works as I would expect.

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Natalie R. W. 10/20/14 4:27 PM
Hi there, everyone!

For those of you experiencing the issue with Linux Mint 17, it is possible that the script that normally runs your .profile is /usr/sbin/lightdm-session, which is what Chrome Remote Desktop normally runs by default. It's possible that Linux Mint 17 might have changed this, or perhaps removed LightDM completely. Our suggested work-around is to add . $HOME/.profile to your own ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session script.

As per the black screen issue, +kevin.penrose's recommendation is correct. To add to this recommendation, another cause is when you see the error from Gnome: "The fail whale is dead" in the host logs (/tmp/chrome_remote_desktop_xxx). Running "gnome-session --session=Foo" where Foo is not a valid session (the file /usr/share/xsessions/Foo.desktop is not installed) can cause this.

Thanks for your patience!

Best,
Natalie R. W.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Andy Norton 10/29/14 9:49 AM
I just upgraded to Trusty (no choice). A few times a day, chrome remote desktop loses the connection for whatever reason, and when it resumes, all my windows that were open are closed, all processes that I was running from terminal sessions are shutdown and I have to start all over. This never happened with previous linux release. Is anyone else aware of this and will there be a fix?

Andy
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Yoyok Efendi 10/31/14 10:46 AM
Maaf
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! TiriPon 11/2/14 3:11 PM
Hi, I followed the instructions on a clean install of Ubuntu 14.10 x64

The results is a black screen with a x as cursor when I remote connect.

In my "/usr/share/xsessions/" the setting is "Exec=gnome-session --session=ubuntu" with no 2d at the end so I wrote it exactly like I did here in my ".chrome-remote-desktop-session" file.

What am I doing wrong?


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Raychi 11/9/14 6:25 AM
i got the same: a black screen with an "x" cursor.

followed the instruction exactly, as per TiriPon mentioned.

any fix please?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 11/11/14 12:10 PM
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 11/11/14 12:10 PM
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Paviluf 11/15/14 12:37 AM
Hi,

When I use Chrome remote desktop I have 2 cursors that appears.
Everything works but it's annoying.

Linux Netrunner 14
Chrome 38.0.2125.122 (64-bit)
Chrome remote desktop 38.0.2125.77

Thank you
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! nthnu 11/18/14 11:21 AM
I agree.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! shyam sathyanathan 11/21/14 9:41 PM
Hi,

I am not able run the chrome-remote-desktop-app on my Ubuntu 14.04 GNOME. I've downloaded the chrome-remote-desktop_current_amd64.deb file and opened it with Ubuntu software center it showed the following message:

 

I clicked on ignore and install and after that when I try to share the desktop from Chromium it says: "Please run installer before continuing". How can I go around this? (I have just moved from Windows to Ubuntu so I am pretty much a novice at using Ubuntu).


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 11/22/14 5:51 AM
What does the details say? It may help to see the them. Not really sure why you have gotten that notice, it seems something is wrong.  I would try to re-download the package and then retry install with the new download.  

Have found many good tips from webup8.org, and they have a rather dated by very related article about this error you may find helpful. http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/how-to-install-deb-files-when-getting.html

Though, it would be my choice to do what could be done to correct the problem rather than working around the problem.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 11/22/14 5:58 AM
sadiq noor



google-chrome --profile-directory=Default

See this link:

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 11/23/14 4:44 AM


Hi Shyam Sathyanathan,

Make sure you're running Chrome and not Chromium. Install Chrome [https://www.google.com/chrome/browser/?platform=linux] or better follow these instructions I posted here and then try again.
Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! amr nasf 11/23/14 8:26 PM
Hi.
I use chrome remote control from my android phone. And it's amazing but I want to control my pc when the screen is dimmed. Can I do this?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Allan M. de Azevedo 11/25/14 4:04 AM
Same problem here... When accessing a Linux remote machine (though Windows or Linux), 2 cursors appears. I have to focus on the real one, because the "virtual cursor" is mispositioned.

"Everything works but it's annoying." [2]

Was a early user of Chrome Remote Desktop but I stopped using app because there wasn't Linux support and firewall protected / behind NAT networks.

Thank you. Keep your great work.
--
Chrome: 39.0.2171.65
Chrome Remote Desktop: 39.0.2171.46
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! shyam sathyanathan 11/26/14 4:52 AM
Yes. Thank You. I made a mess of that! I was using Chromium. But now even after installing Chrome I can only see a black screen and a pointer on my phone. Why is that?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 11/26/14 6:39 PM
@shyam,

You should run use a lightweight desktop env for your remote session like XFCE
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! W Mac 12/10/14 10:19 PM
I am running Ubuntu 12.04 i have Chrome 38.0.2125.111. i have installed chrome remote desktop but under my computer it says "You have no computers registered. To enable connection to a computer install chrome remote desktop and then click enable connections" but i am running chrome.  
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/11/14 5:22 AM
On Ubuntu, in a terminal, type 'sudo apt-get install
chrome-remote-desktop'.  That will install the linux version of the
remote-desktop.  Then when you run crd on chrome, it will show your
computer, and you can then set it up to be accessible from remote
sessions.  If you have any more questions, just ask here and someone will
be able to help you.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! W Mac 12/11/14 5:44 AM
i have done that several times and it still doesn't work 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/11/14 6:43 AM
Have you started the chrome-remote-desktop process on the linux machine?  I.e., have you run 'sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start'?  Can you tell me what's in the log file in /tmp/chrome-remote-desktop*?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Daniel A Joyce 12/12/14 4:13 PM
Works for me on linux Mint 17 with KDE, but only if I leave off sudo

/etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start 

I believe there is a permissions problem somewhere.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! W Mac 12/12/14 10:14 PM
yes i have run that several times.  i have also run the stop part too... there is nothing in the log file and there is no log file
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Shaojun Luo 12/14/14 10:45 PM
Is there any updates about black screen?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/15/14 6:04 AM
+W Mac - can you tell me what the contents of your /opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop are?  Something is quite wrong if you aren't even getting a log file.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Allan M. de Azevedo 12/15/14 6:55 AM
I'm getting this:
[1215/114723:INFO:dns_blackhole_checker.cc(60)] Verifying connection to https://chromoting-host.talkgadget.google.com/talkgadget/oauth/chrome-remote-desktop-host
[1215/114723:INFO:dns_blackhole_checker.cc(37)] Successfully connected to host talkgadget.
[1215/114723:INFO:signaling_connector.cc(170)] Attempting to connect signaling.
[1215/114723:INFO:signaling_connector.cc(110)] Received user info.
[1215/114723:INFO:xmpp_signal_strategy.cc(208)] XMPP connection was closed: error=10, subcode=-102
[1215/114723:INFO:signaling_connector.cc(60)] Signaling disconnected.

 I've already "apt-get purge" and reinstalled but still failing to enable remote connections from Google App.
sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start/stop works well.

Someone could explain this XPMM error, please? :)

Thanks
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! W Mac 12/15/14 7:23 AM


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/15/14 7:27 AM
You may be attempting to connect to a computer behind a firewall that doesn't allow XMPP traffic. If that is the case, you will need to talk to the network people about allowing access.  It may be against company policy, so be prepared for that.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/15/14 7:31 AM
What are the permissions on the chrome-remote-desktop file?  What happens if you try to run that file directly, like '/opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop/chrome-remote-desktop'?
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeffrey Godwyll 12/19/14 9:53 PM
Mac,

From a terminal you can  check the file permissions using "ls -l"
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! James Welbes 12/23/14 4:08 PM
trying this with my crouton install on my Chromebox.

I get the message to run the installer before I continue, and it downloads a .deb. I navigate to the .deb, right click and choose install with Gdebi installer. Once it's finished, I click continue and it still keeps asking me to run the installer before continuing.

I can't get past this step.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/24/14 5:15 AM
If you successfully installed the deb package, run 'sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start'.  This will start the daemon that needs to be running for the chrome app to see it.  Let us know if this doesn't work for you.  And look for a log file in your /tmp directory that should give you an indication of any problems.

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! TravisOlson 12/29/14 11:44 AM
I installed CRD on a windows computer and my linux machine. I can access windows on the linux. I could not access the linux machine until I installed the debian 32 bit package via the CDR link. I can now access the desktop on the linux via the windows machine or android app but I can only see the desktop image(wallpaper). I cannot access the hidden sidebar. If I access the sidebar or any app on the linux machine it will run but on the windows machine I cannot see it, still only see the wallpaper.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 12/29/14 12:31 PM
Have you created the necessary .chrome-remote-desktop-session file in your home directory on the linux machine?  It should contain the following:

#!/bin/sh
export DESKTOP_SESSION=ubuntu
export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity
exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session 'gnome-session --session=ubuntu'

This will start the desktop when you login.  Let me know if this fixes your problem.



Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! TravisOlson 12/29/14 2:15 PM
My apologies. I have been using linux for a few years but I am only recently learning command prompt and the technical parts. I am working my way through beginner reference literature.

I don't know how to do that. I'm assuming it's a ctrl+alt T and enter command prompts??
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! crandellws 12/30/14 3:14 AM
You create a txt file with that content and place it in the "home" folder.

You "can" do this at a command prompt you will need to use a "text editing program" such as vi/vim, nano, emac 
(your choice nano is generally easier to learn) but generally just a basic text editor is fine.. (gedit, geany, there are others...)

/  <--ROOT DIR
/home/ <--main folder
/home/travis/ <--your home folder (as an example if your username is "travis")
/home/travis/.chrome-remote-desktop-session <-- the file 

INCLUDE THE PERIOD "." at the front  
.chrome-remote-desktop-session 
^

A note about Linux that may help you 
You can read about what is called FHS "Filesystem Hierarchy Standard":
OR
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Allan M. de Azevedo 1/5/15 5:37 AM
The duplicate mouse pointer is really annoying. =\
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Firstborne 1/6/15 8:49 AM
This is extremely exciting, because I dual boot Kubuntu and Windows 7, but am trying to completely migrate to Linux, probably staying with the Kubuntu flavor. The only thing stopping me is the slow releases from developers for my favorite software, or no releases at all, like in the case of Silverlight, and League of Legends. This is a great step towards supporting the best operating system available! I'll be trying this out today or tomorrow, and will post back with results.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! heystaxx 1/11/15 2:59 AM
Is it possible to disable the full screen notification?

Everytime the cursor goes to the upper part, it shows how to escape from the full screen. 
I also want to stop the blue toggle switch at the top from being shown all the time.

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Mikhail DePrefontaine 1/14/15 8:42 AM
So I followed the instructions to set up Chrome Remote Desktop, created my .chrome-remote-desktop-session file and put this code into it

#!/bin/sh
export DESKTOP_SESSION=ubuntu
export XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity
exec /usr/sbin/lightdm-session 'gnome-session --session=ubuntu'

Once I did that I tried to remote in using Chrome Remote and I was able to view the screen. Problem is, when I would move the mouse and look at the computer I remoted into, nothing was happening. If I opened the Chrome browser, it would not show on the machine, but it would show on my screen that I was remoting in from. Strangely enough, if I created a folder or a file, it would show, after it's creation. Any idea why this is? I would really love to uninstall teamviewer but I can't until I figure out why I can't open up a file and see it on the physical machine, but I can see it from the PC I am remoting in from. 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 1/14/15 9:15 AM
Mikhail,
That's because, on Linux, you're not viewing the :0 X session (that's a colon with a zero following it, not some emoticon!).  The chrome-remote-desktop creates a virtual frame buffer session on :20 which is what you are looking at.  If you want to connect to the :0 session, you will need to edit the chrome-remote-desktop script in /opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop.  There was a posting somewhere in this thread that explained how to do that, but it involves replacing the :20 in that file with :0 and removing a statement somewhere that increments that counter.
So, in a nutshell, what chrome-remote-desktop is doing under linux is creating a session that allows you to login to the remote machine.  It's not a remote desktop in the sense of the windows world where you are sharing the desktop with the remote user.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Mikhail DePrefontaine 1/14/15 9:56 AM
Awesome. Thank you. I will search this thread and see if that helps. 
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Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Mikhail DePrefontaine 1/14/15 1:42 PM
Kevin, I was wondering if you could locate that section in the thread that discusses this. Perhaps I just missed it but I can't seem to find it. I found a couple people mention that same issue but did not see any resolution after their queries. I went and browsed through the config file and found a few entries that appear to be what you were talking about, but I am unsure. Like I said before, I am not looking to have a virtual desktop, but to view the screen itself. 
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 1/15/15 5:41 AM
Mikhail,
I've attached a file that will start chrome-remote-desktop using :0 as the display to connect to.  This works for me, but it does have some glitches, and you might see error messages pop up that seem to have something to do with some processes not being available in the remote session, but I haven't noticed that causing any problems.  For me, the virtual X server solution does everything that I want, giving me access to the machine to do anything I want.
Choose what is best for you.  Make sure you make a copy of your existing chrome-remote-desktop file that is found in /opt/google/chrome-remote-desktop, and copy the file I've attached to that directory and change the name to chrome-remote-desktop, and make sure it's executable (sudo chmod +x chrome-remote-desktop).
Stop the service (/etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop) and restart it (/etc/init.d/chrome-remote-destop start).  Your display may flicker and/or redraw, but after that you should be able to connect to that display with the browser's chrome-remote-desktop app.  Let me know how things progress.


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! Jeff "=JeffH" Hodges 1/20/15 8:03 PM
I am using chrome-remote-desktop (CRD) from MacOS X+Chrome to connect to an Ubuntu 14.04 system, on display ":0". The key to getting this set up for me is third answer in this posting:

Configuring Chrome Remote Desktop with Ubuntu Gnome 14.04
https://superuser.com/questions/778028/configuring-chrome-remote-desktop-with-ubuntu-gnome-14-04

Note: I have not suffered, or had to address, the admonition in the above post wrt issues deja-dup-monitor.

I've had this working for a few weeks, and have been using it daily.

I have some feature requests for CRD, but I'll post them in a separate message.

HTH,

=JeffH

Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! TiriPon 1/22/15 2:00 PM
Is there any plans to update the linux version of the host to work with Unity in Ubuntu 14.04 &+ ?
By "work" I mean like in CRD host for Windows. ex: Remote control the live screen like if sitting in front.

The xfce4 workaround is fine but I really miss the full functionality of CRD host.
Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! kevin.penrose 1/23/15 5:22 AM
+TiriPon - see the post immediately preceding yours.  There are also other postings in the thread that explain exactly how to do what you want.  For instance, this one:  https://productforums.google.com/d/msg/chrome/8PMxG69VJ6o/yALkK3WXG2YJ


Re: Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)! TiriPon 1/23/15 6:38 AM
+kevin.penrose - Thanks for your reply. I see that there are people modding but I am more interested of an official way of doing that. This is why I'm asking if Google has any plans to add this functionality.
I appreciate all the work people do to help but I can't fiddle Ubuntu much with confidence. I often end-up breaking things and I have a hard time finding what went wrong.
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