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Old 10-19-2010, 08:44 AM   #1
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Question Cannot get VNC running headless

I'm running Fedora 13 on an ESX 4.1 server.

I've changed /etc/inittab to runlevel 3.

I then installed vncserver. When I try to start vncserver (service vncserver start) I get the following error:

Starting VNC server: no displays configured
If I try to start Xvnc (/usr/bin/.Xvnc) I get this error:

Xvnc TigerVNC 1.0.90 - built Aug 25 2010 15:00:33
Copyright (C) 2002-2005 RealVNC Ltd.
Copyright (C) 2000-2006 Constantin Kaplinsky
Copyright (C) 2004-2009 Peter Astrand for Cendio AB
See for information on TigerVNC.
Underlying X server release 10802000, The X.Org Foundation

Fatal server error:
no screens found

I've searched high and low with no success. Any help would be appreciated.

Last edited by Mithrilhall; 10-19-2010 at 02:13 PM. Reason: Found a working solution
Old 10-19-2010, 11:09 AM   #2
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I have a couple of suggestions.
1. read the documentation.
2. When you start vnc you need to specify desktops to use. From the command line "vncserver :0" for example.

I do not remember exactly how, and it may have changed since I last worked with vncserver as a service (4 years ago), but I believe that you need to set up a file to tell the service how to serve (what desktops, ports, etc). If you have questions, refer back to #1: All of the answers you need are in there.


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