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Old 11-22-2009, 08:17 AM   #1
sandygws
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How to auto start vnc4server on Debian 5 x64?


Hey everyone,

I have two questions.

i) I'm running Lenny x64 with Xfce 4.6 and I'd like to get vnc4server to start when the server boots. Currently I have to type 'vnc4server :1 -geometry 1920x1178 -depth 32 -pixelformat rgb565' over SSH to start the server.

Surely this can be done on bootup?


ii) To enable cut and paste, I need to type 'vncconfig -display=nsxxxxxx.ovh.net:1' over SSH.

Can vncconfig also be loaded at bootup?

Thank you.
 
Old 11-23-2009, 12:43 PM   #2
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Put this into the server's /etc/rc.local file, on the line(s) before the final exit 0
Code:
su - sandygws -c "cd /home/sandygws/ && vncserver :1 -geometry 1920x1178 -depth 32" 2>/dev/null &
You'll have to change the red bits to whatever your username is.
You can do the same for your other command.

rc.local is run at boot, and so will start an instance of your vnc server at boot time. It'll then just "sit there" until you connect to it.

You will want to look at running vnc through ssh if your vnc server's IP and port is accessible from outside your LAN (it's a big security hole).
 
Old 11-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply tredegar .. you figured it out!

The following now runs vnc4server at startup:

Code:
su - [username] -c "cd /home/[username]/ && vnc4server :1 -geometry 1920x1178 -depth 32 -pixelformat rgb565" 2>/dev/null &


I still can't get the second command to work however. I've tried adding each of the following to the /etc/rc.local file - immediately after the vnc4server code above:

Code:
su - [username] -c "cd /home/[username]/ && vncconfig -display=nsxxxxxx.ovh.net:1" 2>/dev/null &
&

Code:
vncconfig -display=nsxxxxxx.ovh.net:1
-Neither produces the small popup window 'VNC config' on the Xfce desktop which enables 'Accept clipboard from viewers', 'Send clipboard to viewers' and 'Send primary selection to viewers'.



It still appears if I manually activate it over SSH with:

Code:
vncconfig -display=nsxxxxxx.ovh.net:1

What am I doing wrong?
 
Old 11-27-2009, 03:49 PM   #4
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Can anyone help?
 
  


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