UPDATE (2012-06-13): updated konsole 4.9 beta RPMs are now available at kde-redhat's unstable repo.
If you regularly use SSH and Konsole, you may have noticed a missing "feature" after updating to KDE 4.8.0 (released on January 25, 2012): new tabs now always use the default profile instead of "cloning" the profile of the active tab. I mean, in pre-KDE-4.8 Konsole, you could run
ssh://user@host:port in Krunner (that's the Alt+F2 menu), or
konsole -e ssh -p port user@host, or even
kioclient exec ssh://user@host:port and pressing Ctrl+Shift+T would open a new SSH tab. Add public key authentication and/or SSH connection multiplexing, and you got an automagically logged in remote session on each new tab for free!
I really missed this, so I submitted this bug report (with a couple of quick and dirty patches).
Turns out this feature was actually more like a "bug". In fact, the executed command was "remembered" by the current active Konsole profile. That's cool with SSH, but could lead to some nasty side effects, such as re-running a shell script for each new tab. Several bug reports showed this was really confusing and counterintuitive. In fact, this bug report is exactly the opposite of mine!
A proper fix has already been commited for KDE 4.9, which is scheduled for release on August 2012. But that's too much time lost just logging in again and again! (Ok, I could use SSHMenu or Remmina, but I love my konsoles :-D). So I set up a Yum repo with Konsole RPMs based on the excellent packages by the KDE Packaging Project for Fedora/RHEL and a snapshot of sources from Konsole's main git repo.
DISCLAIMER: This Konsole version includes tab cloning... but may also carry countless creepy horrible bugs and kitten-killing diseases!!!
- Install the kde-redhat Yum repo
- Download and install the .repo file into
# wget http://www.maxiberta.com.ar/repo/fedora-kde4.9.repo
# mv fedora-kde4.9.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/
- You may need to enable the testing repos from both kde-redhat and konsole
- Install/update the bleeding edge version of Konsole:
# yum install konsole
- Optionally associate a keyboard shortcut with the new "File -> Clone Tab" menu entry
- Enjoy all your free time saved from logging in through SSH again and again!