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Old 12-21-2006, 07:46 AM   #1
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Running 'vncserver' on boot

I am a relatively new user so I'm trying to get more used to using Linux.
My Linux box is in a different room, which is rather inconvenient to get to. So far what I've managed to do is login into the box and run 'vncserver'. Then I can go use one of my other towers to remotely login into the box.

This all works fine, but when I restart the box I have to login and start the vncserver all over again. I would like it to start up the service on boot. I understand there are security issues of this, but this is just on my local network, the port cannot be accessed from outside my LAN as it will be blocked by my firewall.

I have tried a couple of things, but I am quite confused.

Thanks in advance for any help .

Old 12-21-2006, 09:08 AM   #2
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Not a Mandriva user myself but the basics are that you want to look to see how your distro starts processes. There is probably a GUI app in your Programs/System type tab that lets you set up which of the runlevels you want a program to run in. The GUI in my KDE Knoppix system is called KsysV (Interestingly this and only this app has retained it's German language flavor rather than appearing in English like everything else. To bad I don't know German.)

Also the /etc/init.d and /etc/rcS.d directories (on Debian anyways) have all the scripts for starting processes (And manually stopping and restarting etc.). If you have those directories , snoop around in there.

at a command prompt, type
man init
man inittab
to read some background on all this

Google Mandriva & runlevel together and you'll see a bunch of helpful links.
I haven't used vncvserver for a while but their docs probably tell you how to setup it up to auto start.

Good luck and Merry Christmas.

K Scott
Old 12-21-2006, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help.

I've had a look in the directories you mentioned, there is a file called vncserver in /etc/init.d, but I can't completely follow the code thats written in the file. I have a vague idea about what it is doing. It seems to allow the server to be stopped and started, but obviously this file isn't being called on boot or would it already be running? There is another vncserver file in /etc/rc1.d which by eye looks exactly the same.

Running those commands produces some instructions, which part of are straight over my head!

I am currently looking up the run level in google. I just thought I'd post to maybe get some more ideas. This would be so much easier if I wasn't so used to finding stuff like this under 100 GUI Windows menus lol!

Thanks so far and Mery Christmas to you too

Last edited by Xzi; 12-21-2006 at 01:10 PM.
Old 12-21-2006, 02:08 PM   #4
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Right I've done it. I just thought I'd post what I've done for the benefit of anyone else who may need to do this in the future.

I found this resource on the runlevels in Mandriva:

Using what that told me I set the vncserver to runlevel 3 (CLI) and 5 (GUI) using the chkconfig.
In the form: chkconfig --level 5 vncserver on

Then editing the file /etc/sysconfig/vncservers. I uncommented and changed the line to:

This is the form: VNCSERVERS="display no:user"

Thanks for your help, wouldn't have known about the run levels without it .



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