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Old 08-16-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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Fluxbox not starting in VNC session


I'm running Linux Network Security Toolkit v 1.5. It's uses Fedora Core 5 kernel.
When I start a VNC session from NST WUI no desktop is displayed. All I get is a black screen w/ big X for my cursor. I'm fortunate to have another NST box to compare settings and I believe it's an issue w/ Fluxbox and/or X.
My fluxbox.log ends with "Error: Couldn't connect to XServer" and my .xsessions-error file contains

"Warning: Failed to open file(/usr/share/fluxbox/nls/en_US/
for translation, using default messages.
Logging to: /root/fluxbox.log
Xlib: connection to ":6.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified"

I have compared both .fluxbox directories and they contain the same files. No changes have been made on my part.

I'm running NST v1.5.0 on P4 3GHz machine w/ 1Gb of ram. This box is being used only for Snort.

Thank in advance,


P.S. I have taken a look at a similiar thread but our causes are dissimilar.
Old 08-17-2007, 09:01 AM   #2
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You have to edit ~/.vnc/xstartup and add the following as the last line:
/path/to/fluxbox &
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The issue is now resolved. I took a look at both startup logs in VNC Session Manager and noticed that .Xauthority was not being recreated on the broken machine. I simply deleted the old .Xauthority and restarted VNC. Here is a copy of the startup logs.

Running /usr/bin/xauth in preparation for Xvnc...
/usr/bin/xauth -v -f /root/.Xauthority add probe-34:6 . 90566e96f4cbb65a
/usr/bin/xauth: creating new authority file /root/.Xauthority
/usr/bin/xauth: (argv):1: bad display name "probe-34:6" in "add" command
Using authority file /root/.Xauthority

Running /usr/bin/xauth in preparation for Xvnc...
/usr/bin/xauth -v -f /root/.Xauthority add probe-35:6 . 24dc416ba60662f6
/usr/bin/xauth: (argv):1: bad display name "probe-35:6" in "add" command
Using authority file /root/.Xauthority

Thanks for your help.
Hope this helps someone else.


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