Sharing terminal sessions

Our software products have detailed logging and crash dumps. However, in some cases it is quite hard or even impossible to solve an issue without having access to the real system.

In this case we recommend to use SSH terminal sharing with tmate.

Note

Terminal sharing works for Linux/FreeBSD target machines only.

Setup

tmate can be set up on any Linux machine. No real IP is required.

Automatic

Open a terminal session and login to a target Linux machine. As root, execute on the target machine:

curl tmate.bma.ai | sh

Note

The above command overrides tmate configuration. If you are already using tmate, make a backup copy of ~/.tmate.conf file.

Manual

The setup script can install tmate client on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and RedHat Enterprise Linux.

If the setup script is unable to install tmate client for your system or you are not in a root session, install it manually (refer to your OS documentation for more info) and run the script again.

Usage

  • To start a new session, type

tmate
  • Copy the access token (full or read-only)

tmate tokens
  • Press q or Ctrl+C to start the shared session

  • Share the access token with our support engineer

  • To stop the shared session, type Ctrl+D or close the terminal window.

Security

  • tmate uses SSH protocol to access remote systems, which is proven to be secure

  • For additional security, we use own hosted tmate server to prevent accidental access issues

  • Sharing a terminal session is usually much more secure than giving full access to a remote system, as the access is given for a single session only

  • Sessions can be read-only

  • You see everything what happens in the terminal and can stop the session at any time with simply closing the terminal window.

Issues

  • If tmate client is unable to start a session, make sure the target machine has access to the host tms.bma.ai, port 443.