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Old 08-26-2003, 08:14 AM   #1
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VNC logon help


Here is my situation. I have VNCserver running on my home Redhat 9.0 linux machine. I'm trying to connect on this WinXP machine. I can connect without any problems but all I get is the 'checkered' X Windows. I can ssh and ftp too.

My question is how can I start KDE (or enlightenment) remotely so I can use VNC. I can connect but I just can't get the Window Manager to load up.

Old 08-26-2003, 08:44 AM   #2
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Ok, it's been a while since I've used VNC on linux, but IIRC, there was some configuration you had to set so that the VNC server would start a headless KDE session *before* you connect remotely... (i.e. the KDE session is already started and running without a display before you attempt to establish a connection...)

So my advice would be to read the VNC docs carefully looking for info on how to start up your session before attempting to connect.

IIRC, what I use to do is log in via telnet, start up the KDE session with VNC server and then connect with the client...
Old 08-26-2003, 12:26 PM   #3
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OK, thanks, I got it. Again, I should've just opened my eyes more!

VNC sets up a ~/.vnc/xstartup file. All you do is replace the exec command with exec startkde or for enlightenment exec /usr/local/enlightenment/bin/enlightenment

Redhat 9.0 has a funny script. It calls /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc. So I completely bypass this file all together and just execute kde. Can anyone understand this file for RedHat, I'm thinking it is may be Perl but I'm not sure.

Old 08-26-2003, 12:34 PM   #4
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The first line of the script usually gives you a clue:

Hence it is a bash script.


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