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I've managed to do that successfully from XP to Mepis over a LAN. I just installed RealVNC on each system and it worked as it should without any hassle. (Well, it wouldn't have been a hassle if I knew how to use Linux, anyway . . .)
But I can't get it to work properly the other way around! On Win XP, I just get the linux console on a grey background but no pretty KDE windows. I'm a complete newbie to Linux still stumbling around in the dark, so any help would be appreciated!
AFAIK, when accessed, the VNC service starts a VNC server with an X session inside, by using the "startx" command. So whereas your usual desktop is set by KDM, GDM, or whatever display manager you use, for VNC it is the .xinitrc that does the choice. Try this .xinitrc:
(Note: I don't have Linux at hand, so check that the path is the good one.)
Thanks for replying. I did manage to find a /usr/bin/startkde, and after reading some other help earlier today, I have also created a .xinitrc file (though earlier I missed the dot at the beginning -- i'm guessing that matters). Is "/usr/bin/startkde" all I need to enter into that file? Do I need a '&' after it or something like that? Does it need to come before/after something else? And do I need to reboot after changing it, or can I just end the session and start a new one -- or can I just start up a new session of vnc and be on my merry way?
Please bear with me here -- I have absolutely no experience in editing config files like these. It looks like I'm gonna have to get used to it though!
I don't really know. I would expect /usr/bin/startkde to be enough, without a &, in the .xinitrc file (the dot matters, because it is part of the filename, and xinit looks for .xinitrc, not xinitrc... simple as that; for your information the dot makes the file hidden in your file browser, or with the ls command).
Actually, I think the perfect content in .xinitrc would be
(note the "exec" at the start of the line)
Nothing more is needed in that file, though you may add more if you wish. If you do so, you'll have to run any other application before kde, and with a "&" at the end of the line. Example:
After a pleasant half-day of being able to operate MEPIS from WinXP, I've managed to regress back to my earlier state. I installed Apache on MEPIS (via VNC), which seemed to go smoothly, until I tried to start it and failed dismally. Typing "apachectl start", even from the directory containing that very script, merely returns "Command not found". (See http://www.mepis.org/node/7137?PHPSE...5177d44a29234c for more).
Anyway, after 'installing' Apache and rebooting, vnc is back to providing only the console on XP. The /.vnc/xstartup file still contains the line I added for startkde.
Could my attempted apache installation have interfered with VNC in any way???
Thanks! I thought it might have had something to do with the path, but I couldn't work out why it wouldn't run even from the apache2/bin directory. Now I know what ./ means. So is linux unlike msdos in that it does not default to the current directory if "./" is omitted in a path?