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1. Without specifying any auto start program, the console logs in without any problems automatically. Once I specified the suto start program, it starts ok, but then the disk drive constantly runs, like it's maybe starting and stopping VNC over and over. It's still logged in, but so slow that I can't do anything.
2. They are forward slashes, that was just my Linux noob-ness coming out. I used the browse function in GNOME to actually point to the program I wanted to run @ startup.
3. VNC works great if I log in and just go to a terminal session and type 'vncserver'. It prompts me for a password and then runs great. It is curious that it always asks for a password. Sort of makes me think I need to add something to a startup file for VNC to auto set that. That's partially what leads me to believe that the disk access problem mentioned in #1 is from VNC starting and stopping over and over. Perhaps because it can't start in 'batch' becuase I need to put a default password in a file someplace ?
4. Grey on the Linux box right now, white on the PC I want to remote in to. Eventually no mouse on the Linux box when it goes to the cabinet
5. There are several logs in the .vnc folder. There are 8 .log files and 8 .pid files, which points me at my theory of this thing starting and stopping VNC over and over.
3. Does it (vncserver) ask you for a password each time? Mine only asks me for a password the first time, then stores it encrypted in a file 'passwd' under the .vnc directory. When you start the vncserver manually, are you able to run vncclient and connect to it?
5. vncserver creates a new log file for each virtual display it attempts to create (successful or not).
Next: I would try piping the output from your auto-start program to a file if it doesn't already do that. I am using gentoo and don't have the option to test this, but I would think it would work by using the redirect as in the following in your auto-start thing.
You could also add some other command line options to that as well, for instance the '-geometry' option will allow you to specify the size of the display when you remote connect to it. Also the '-depth' option will allow you to specify 8,16, or 32 bit depth, which will add more colors to the display. Check out the man page for vncserver, it is fairly well written.
I may look into the inetd part of it, I haven't used it before ... might be interesting and of use to me. I have 3 computers on my desk and only one monitor.
I think that Redhat is fine for noobs as well. I recommend you just pick one and stick with it, switching around too often will only cause you confusion. Once you get more experienced, then switching around will not be such a big deal.