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An Applescript Solution
Authored by: Rainy Day on Dec 16, '12 01:38:30PM

I'd prefer that DoNotSendSystemKeys were still supported. Or, better than that, Apple should include a menu item and a toolbar shortcut/button option. But in the interim…

Here's what i've learned:
  • Killing the RFBEventHelperd daemon seems to work regardless of the DoNotSendSystemKeys setting.
  • This is a one-shot solution; need to redo it every time you invoke a screen sharing session (not surprising).
  • After you kill the initial RFBEventHelperd daemon, Screen Sharing will startup another one whenever it's moved to the foreground, however the second one doesn't interfere with command-tab, and it will quickly (but not immediately) die if Screen Sharing moves to the background.
I wrote an Applescript to make killing the RFBEventHelperd daemon more convenient. I've placed it in ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/"Screen Sharing"/ for easy access from the Scripts menulet. Save it as an Applescript Application:


try
	do shell script "$(ps -cxao pid,command | grep RFBEventHelperd | awk '{print \"kill \" $1}')"¬
	    with administrator privileges
	activate
	display dialog "This session of Screen Sharing should now ignore Command-Tab." & return ¬
	    & return & "You’ll need to rerun this script for the next Screen Sharing session."¬
	    with icon note buttons {"Okay"} default button 1
end try

I used the name "Kill shared Command-Tabs", but you may call it whatever you like.

Note: If you don't want to display the dialog at the end of script execution, you can reduce the Applescript to this:

do shell script "$(ps -cxao pid,command | grep RFBEventHelperd | awk '{print \"kill \" $1}')"¬
	    with administrator privileges

Theory of operation: The do shell script calls a bash (i.e. Unix) script which looks for the RFBEventHelperd process. The awk command extracts the process ID, and creates a Unix kill command, which is then executed as root (necessary in order to kill RFBEventHelperd, as it is owned by another user… i.e.: _ard).



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