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Old 10-01-2004, 02:01 PM   #1
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Angry Starting VNCserver on Mandrake 10.0


I just installed Mandrake 10.0 on a new computer and I can not get vncserver to start. I downloaded vnc 3.3.7 and trying to get it to run. I know how to use vnc, I haev been using it at work often, and from a PC, but I need the server to start.

I get the message

xsetroot: unable to open display ''
/home/claude/.vnc/xstartup: line 5: xterm: command not found

So I also do not have xterm installed!

Where can I find all the necessary files???

Here is my current xstartup file


[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
startkde &

I changed the last line from twm to startkde since I am using kde as the gui.

Last note, I am trying to start it from a ssh


Old 10-01-2004, 08:14 PM   #2
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you wont be able to start from ssh.

Try downloading realVNC and install it on the computer you are running it from.

To start a vnc session on the host computer enter


this will open a new vnc server on screen 0 or 1.

then connect from another machine running a vnc client such as real vnc.

open a vnc viewer like this


connect like this

where the xxxx's are the IP address of the host machine and the 1 is the screen name.

If you want to start in graphical mode you will have to change ~/.vnc/xstartup to look like this


# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

#[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
#[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
#xsetroot -solid grey
#vncconfig -iconic &
#xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
#twm &


Last edited by jax8; 10-01-2004 at 08:17 PM.


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