rdesktop not compiled with smartcard support

Bug #226885 reported by Corey Seliger on 2008-05-05
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
rdesktop (Debian)
Fix Released
rdesktop (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: rdesktop

Trying to run rdesktop as so:

  rdesktop -r scard my.terminal.server

It returns:
  WARNING: Not compiled with smartcard support

Smartcard support is supported in rdesktop 1.5.0, but the compile time option below needs
to be run during configure:


More Info:


  Installed: 1.5.0-3+cvs20071006
  Candidate: 1.5.0-3+cvs20071006
  Version table:
 *** 1.5.0-3+cvs20071006 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com hardy/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

cornelinux (cornelius-koelbel) wrote :

I'd like to see this, too! :)

It is really no big hassle.

karaluh (karaluh) wrote :

Still not fixed in Jaunty

Changed in rdesktop (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
karaluh (karaluh) wrote :

Still not fixed in Karmic

Fabian Köster (maestro-alubia) wrote :

I filed a bug in the Debian bug-tracker.

Although I am not the maintainer of this package, I assume this is not a trivial change due to the fact that one need to split the binary-package into two packages: rdesktop and rdesktop-smartcard. I think most people will not use smartcard support and do not want rdesktop-smartcard because of the extra dependency to pcsc.

Changed in rdesktop (Debian):
status: Unknown → New
cyril (mescheryakov) wrote :

still not fixed in Lucid

please do at least something

version of maestro_alubia seems to me a good

Changed in rdesktop (Debian):
status: New → Fix Released
Fabian Köster (maestro-alubia) wrote :

Is it possible to get Debian's fix into Precise or is it too late?

Derek (bugs-m8y) wrote :

+1 for this.
BTW, I installed the debian sid .deb into Oneiric and it worked fine with the smartcard (ActivIdentity) after installing pcscd

Fabian Köster (maestro-alubia) wrote :

I can confirm that the following steps fix this problem:

1.) wget http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/r/rdesktop/rdesktop_1.7.1-1_amd64.deb
2.) sudo dpkg -i http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian/pool/main/r/rdesktop/rdesktop_1.7.1-1_amd64.deb
3.) sudo apt-get install pcscd
4.) Edit /etc/init.d/pcscd and comment out line "exit 0"
5.) sudo /etc/init.d/pcscd restart

tags: added: patch precise
Fabian Köster (maestro-alubia) wrote :

I created a PPA for rdesktop-with smartcard support. It is just a rebuild of rdesktop in Debian.


With Debian sync this fix is now in Quantal.

Changed in rdesktop (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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