I am using elementary OS 0.4.1 Loki.

The about page says: Built on "Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS" Kernel version: 4.4.0-75-generic GTK version: 3.18.9

I've installed Chrome Remote Desktop. The file ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session contains:

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

I restart the chrome-remote-desktop.service. I connect from another computer. I see the elementary OS background image. It asks me to authenticate. After that--nothing.

I still see the background image, but nothing else appears in the display. There's no dock and nothing in the upper regions--just an empty screen.

None of the keystrokes or mouse interactions that I've tried has elicited a response.

I can go back to ~/.chrome-remote-desktop-session and enter this (after installing xfce4):

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

Then when I connect from another computer, I see everything I expect to see.

I can then use all the tools available in that interface, and this is great, but I'd really, really like to use elementary OS this way instead.

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Per the directions on Google's support site (https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/1649523?hl=en), I added some extra code that seems to resolve this:


I would check your values for those variables first, but it works for me, although the behavior is odd -- it seems to create another virtual workspace when I connect, and not literally remote control the desktop. Nevertheless, I'm able to perform any action I want on the remote system.

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