I am using Mate, with debian8, an this has never not worked, so I'm confused now. I have a custom applet (launcher), which reads: ssh user@ip When clicked it does nothing, ordinarily a terminal is launched and I enter my password.

other applets work just fine. such as mate-screenshot -a enter image description here

yes, I have ssh, the server is running, and the command works if I put it into a shell manually. Does the launcher keep a log some place? how might I troubleshoot this?

  • What's the output of /var/log/syslog? Launchers use x-terminal-emulator which is set by update-alternatives. What does update-alternatives --config x-terminal-emulator give?
    – nikolas
    May 19, 2017 at 14:54

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Dude, just use the "connect to server" option under places menu.

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