[TriLUG] Recommendations for web-based remote terminal?

Mark Kempster mark at kempster.org
Tue Jul 14 11:35:49 EDT 2009

I'm hoping to keep apache running on :80 on the machine that I'd like
to access ssh-not-on-port-22, so I'm guessing that running an
alternate on :80 probably won't work. I did try running it on :8080 at
one point, but that didn't seem to work. I suspect firewall rules at
$WORK are the blocking culprit.

I tried nx's "web companion" this morning, but I think I was missing
adequate amounts of caffeine to get that working.

My current list of "Investigate Further" consists of

- Webmin's "SSH and Telnet" plugin
- ajaxterm (installing it to temporarily listen on :80 didn't work for
me - I'm hoping that apache:443+ajaxterm will be a viable option)
- mindterm
- ssh-port-forwarding (which I haven't had the need to muck with
much... until now)

I'm hoping to really avoid horrible things happening and am
temporarily using http://www.serfish.com consoleFish, which looks like
ajaxterm. It's handy, assuming my keystrokes aren't being logged, but
kicks up a captcha window every few minutes, and keeps dropping
connections. (Thanks to this list for mentioning 'screen' so many
years ago.)

Thanks everybody for the suggestions - I've got some good
experimenting in my future!


On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 11:19 AM, John Broome<jbroome at gmail.com> wrote:
> Mark Kempster wrote:
>> I'm having trouble ssh'ing from $WORK to $HOME via the usual suspects.
>> I know port 80 is open, and I remember seeing some magical gizmo that
>> seemed to host a terminal-like session in a browser, but that was more
>> functional than webmin's one-command-at-a-time interface.
>> My two objectives are easy-to-deploy, and most-like-an-xterm.
>> Any packages you've used that you particularly like? Dislike?
> I don't have a browser terminal suggestion, but in the spirit of the
> trilug list and proposing something you didn't ask about: What about
> having SSH at home listen on 80 or 443?
> I set up a machine at home doing that so I can ssh from the hotspot at
> Staples that only allows web traffic.  ssh -D FTW.
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