Apple Remote Desktop has a "curtain" feature that a remote client can use to lock the screen of the Mac that's being remotely controlled. I use this when I connect to my work Mac from my home Mac. My work Mac's screen shows a big lock icon and a message while I'm remotely controlling it from my home Mac using Apple Remote Desktop (ARD).
Unfortunately, there's a bug of some kind that causes the remote Mac's screen to stay locked, even after I've disconnected from it. (Latest ARD and OS X 10.8.2 on both machines.) When this happens, I come in to work the next day to find the big lock icon and message on my Mac's screen. Despite now being physically present in front of the Mac, I can't find a way to unlock the screen.
I usually try
ssh-ing into the Mac from another machine and killing processes. I've tried killing the
ARDAgent process, the screen lock process (I can't recall the name), and anything else I can find with "ard" or "remote" in the process name. None of these things seem to unlock the screen. Eventually, I resort to using
osascript -e ... to tell all my running applications to gracefully quit, then I run
shutdown -r now to reboot the machine.
My question: is there a way to successfully unlock a Mac that's stuck on the ARD lock screen, using
ssh or otherwise?
One way to reproduce this: Log in to the target Mac with Remote Desktop, initiate Curtain mode, and then after finishing whatever work was to be done, log out the user on the target Mac while still under Curtain mode. This will leave the Mac inaccessible to the Remote Desktop app and even a physical user of the computer, with the large lock icon still on the screen of the target Mac.
I'm not sure what I'm doing to trigger this situation, but I'm definitely not logging out. Either way, it seems like the solution should be the same.