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Old 06-02-2004, 07:22 AM   #1
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Angry vnc gnome and 4 hours later.......

I installed fedora core 2 a wile back and It never fails, as soon as I get things the way I want it I break it. I guess this is how I learn.

I wanted to setup vnc for fedora core 2. I ran vnc server and edited some files. Tested vnc and........It works. This is not my problem.

After I rebooted my fedora box I noticed that my desktop changed. My hat turned into a foot. So I went ahead and killed my vnc sessions and rebooted and........I got my hat back however I am not showing anything onmy desktop. And when I click logoff I dont see anythin popup.

Any help please..
Old 06-02-2004, 12:27 PM   #2
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what desktop are you wanting to use? If it's the same desktop you'd get if you logged into the machine locally it's easy.

In your home directory go to the .vnc directory and edit xstartup with your favorite editor.

the first fiew lines should look like this
# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
Just change it to this
# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
Hope this helps.
Old 06-02-2004, 08:16 PM   #3
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Thanks I did that and....

I did that and I still get the "real" gnome look instead of the bluecurve fedora hat.
can it be the way I start the server?
this is how I start it.
sudo /sbin/service vncserver start
Then after it starts I do this.
Then use my loopback and password *********
I get a box with the "FOOT" I wan't the fedora hat. I don't want to see someones rank appendage!
The funny thing is this did not happen to me on fedora core one.
any suggestions?

My /etc/sysconfig/vncservers is like this.

# The VNCSERVERS variable is a list of display:user pairs.
# Uncomment the line below to start a VNC server on display :1
# as my 'myusername' (adjust this to your own). You will also
# need to set a VNC password; run 'man vncpasswd' to see how
# to do that.
# DO NOT RUN THIS SERVICE if your local area network is
# untrusted! For a secure way of using VNC, see
# URL:


I did substitute myusername with my acutal username.

Last edited by Lawful; 06-02-2004 at 08:56 PM.


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