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Some of you will likely think "Oh no, not again!" . I have searched the forums here and I realize that this question hs been asked before but I can't seem to find a definitive answer to the problem. My original xstartup file had the line "startkde &'" which starts a kde desktop without fail every time. While I have not used Linux enough to have a preference Gnome is the default manager on my Linux box so I am being stuborn and want to learn how to start up a Gnome session on the VNC viewer on my WIN2K box.
I have replaced "startkde &" with "gnome-session" but this only works if I am root when I start the <vncserver> . If I am logged in as my regular user then gnome will not startup. Yes, both "xstartup" files are the same for root and myuser. After starting <vncserver> the log files also appear to be the same, I don't know if the last line is any clue but it is the same regardless of whether I can or cannot get gnome to appear on the WIN box
"gnome-session: you're already running a session manager"
I hope someone can help. I am very new to *nix OS so if you have a suggestion please try to be as specific as possible. Your assistance is much appreciated.
If you already have one user logged in with GNOME, AFAIK you can't start another one with vnc using the same user, they'll try to access the same files at the same time, screwing up your session.
What you can do is start your vncserver using the console, without logging in your X session, or login with another window manager.