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Old 09-03-2005, 11:30 AM   #1
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VNC Problem

I recently installed Mandriva 2005 LE on a server. I also installed Webmin. In Webmin I saw an option for VNC Client. When I tried to login, I received the message:

Quote: Connection refused
I then went and installed vnc (from RealVNC). I could start vnc server fine with the command:

I have two questions. How do I get vncserver to run on startup? How do I get vncserver to start with a console, (instead of twm or startkde).

Old 09-03-2005, 09:03 PM   #2
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Assuming you want to start vncserver as someone other than root, you might try something like this in your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file (your path to rc.local might be different):

su - someuser vncserver &

I can't say if this will work for vncserver but it does for a couple other programs I run as a non-root user at startup.

I'm not sure I'm understanding your 2nd question, though - do you NOT want to have a window manager start up when you run vncserver? You ONLY want console? If so, you may want to run something like sshd instead. If what you're asking is how to have a console up and running on your desktop when a user logs into vncserver, you can add a line like this to your ~/.vnc/xstartup file:

xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &

Hope this helps
Old 09-05-2005, 05:57 PM   #3
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Mandrake comes with packages for tightvnc (tightvnc-server etc.). Once you install that there will be a vncserver service that you can start/stop/enable/disable in the normal way either through the Mandrake Control Centre or using the service and chkconfig commands.


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