Set up Screen Sharing (VNC) via command line on Mac OS X remotely using SSH

Locked out of a Mac because Remote Desktop has suddenly taken a crap on you? Want to remotely enable Screen Sharing (Apple’s fancy name for VNC)? Well, as long as you have SSH active, you can enable Screen Sharing on Mac OS X 10.5 by following these easy instructions.

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Activate Apple Remote Desktop Sharing from remote command line

I recently needed to access the GUI of my Mac at work from home. Alas, Apple Remote Desktop Sharing was turned off.

Here’s how to turn on Remote Desktop Sharing from the command line. This assumes you have Remote Login (SSH) turned on in system preferences. If not, you’re hosed. Continue reading