Controlling Display Sharing from the command line — Erica Sadun


My world typically narrows to Xcode and Terminal. There are occasions I simply need to verify in on one other pc rapidly and I don’t need the trouble of making a brand new Finder window, going to the community, ready for the gadgets to load, and clicking Display Sharing.

Let me share a fast osascript answer I take advantage of as an alternative (and there’s a fair higher answer for launching simply utilizing open, thanks Chris). This instance connects to Esopus Spitzenburg, my Mojave pc (aka the one that also runs every thing together with Photoshop and Microsoft Workplace).

#! /bin/sh

/usr/bin/osascript -e 'inform utility "Display Sharing" to GetURL "vnc://Esopus-Spitzenburg.native"'

If closed, the Display Sharing utility launches within the foreground. If already operating, it stays at its relative hierarchy. You possibly can add a command to activate to convey it to the entrance on every invocation, even when the connection is already lively.

When you’d wish to let the utility toggle visibility on name as an alternative, add a request to Finder and append it to the script:

/usr/bin/osascript -e 'inform utility "Finder" to set seen of course of "Display Sharing" to not seen of course of "Display Sharing"'

I’ve written related utilities to open Broxwood Foxwhelp and Glockenapfel, relying on the pc I’m utilizing. As a lot as I’ve supposed to put in writing a single utility as an alternative of two or three devoted scripts, I’ve can’t persuade myself it’s well worth the effort.

(Bonus factors: Why are my computer systems named this manner?)


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