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Old 06-30-2006, 02:09 PM   #1
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Configuring Fedora Core 5 on a Dedicated Server

Hi guys,

1st post on these here forums, nice site btw


I've just purchased a 2nd dedicated server located in London, UK, and selected the OS to be Fedora Core 5.

The server has been setup today, and I have connected to it via SSH using Putty on my Windows machine.

I have installed the KDE base files, and have also installed vnc-server.

Ok, i've tried everything to try and be able to connect to VNC, and as far as i'm aware, the only thing that isn't started on the server is X11.

The thing i am struggling with, is how to "startx". When typing startx in putty, I am receiving the following error:

"[root@IS-1151 ~]# startx
xauth: creating new authority file /root/.serverauth.4079
xinit: No such file or directory (errno 2): no server "X" in PATH

Use the -- option, or make sure that /usr/bin is in your path and
that "X" is a program or a link to the right type of server
for your display. Possible server names include:

Xorg X.Org displays

xinit: Server error."

I presume that I actually do want to start the xserver, but please correct me if i'm wrong

Sorry if i'm a bit vague on here, after 2 hours of trying to get it working as well as vnc-server to accept my connections, i feel a bit drained.


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startx is a console command.

From a PuTTY session you don't need to start X - you just need to set your DISPLAY variable (or if you've turned on X tunneling it will alreayd be set) then type in the name of the GUI you wish to use (e.g. xterm). This however requires you Windows PC to have an X server installed on it. A commercial one that I've always liked is Exceed by Hummingbird Software. A non-commercial one we found recently is Xming. PuTTY itself is not an X server.
Old 06-30-2006, 04:51 PM   #3
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So basically KDE is installed, and so is VNC server. I guess i dont need to Start the X Server on the server then via Putty?

What I am trying to do is get vnc-server up and running so I can then connect to it and view the server in a GUI method.

Any help anyone could give would be great.



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