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Old 11-26-2010, 10:53 PM   #1
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setting up tightvnc for multiple users on same machine

I am searching for a way to have multiple sessions or users on the same vnc server. I have a machine that I need to remotely access as root (for admin purposes) and as myself (as the normal user) the rest of the time. I probably will never have to remotely login at the same time as both root and myself (I am not that multitasking!)

I searched the web for almost 1 hour without finding anything useful...

Right now my /etc/rc.d/rc.vncservers.conf looks like:
VNCSERVERS="1:root 2:lpallard"

VNCSERVERARGS[1]="-geometry 1024x768 -depth 24"
VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 1024x768 -depth 24"
but when I start the vnc server, I get:
root@amd666:~# /etc/rc.d/rc.vncservers start
Starting VNC server: 1:root 
New 'X' desktop is amd666:1

Starting applications specified in /root/.vnc/xstartup
Log file is /root/.vnc/amd666:1.log

2:lpallard failure
Seems that the desktop 1 gets created and I can access it. Desktop 2 (my normal user account is inaccessible. What am I doing wrong?
Old 11-26-2010, 11:12 PM   #2
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Hi -

This looks OK:
/etc/rc.d/rc.vncservers.conf =>

VNCSERVERS="1:root 2:lpallard"
This looks OK, too:
/etc/rc.d/rc.vncservers.conf =>

VNCSERVERARGS[1]="-geometry 1024x768 -depth 24"
VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 1024x768 -depth 24"
Q: Did you create "$HOME/.vnc" for user lpallard? And, optionally, a $HOME/.vnc/xstartup file?
vi $HOME/.vnc/xstartup =>
exec /usr/bin/xfce4-session &
Q: Did you run vncpasswd (this should automatically create ~lpallard/.vnc)?

Q: Did you try logging in to "amd666:2" for lpallard?

Q: Did you check the access and error logs in ~lpallard/.vnc?
WERE there any access and/or error logs in ~/lpallard/.vnc?

Last edited by paulsm4; 11-26-2010 at 11:14 PM.
Old 11-27-2010, 09:44 AM   #3
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paulsm4, thanks for your help! My problem was that I did not have the xstartup file...

It now works. I need to find out why the colors are all corrupted. Seems to be only the KDE desktop environment as my wallpaper is OK and the icons too... very strange.


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