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Old 28th August 2008
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Hi everyone
I have two freebsd servers in my home and I have a small trouble with VNC. First of all, I have one running on KDE and another running of Gnome. I have looked up a lot of tutorials online and it seems that I have done the "right" thing.

For my KDE Desktop, I have modified my xstartup to be:
Code:
#!/bin/sh

[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &

#REMOVE TO RETURN TO DEFAULT
#twm &

#ADDED TO ALLOW KDE
exec startkde
I run the following command to start vnc
#vncserver
and when I connect to this computer, using
#vncviewer x.x.x.x:1,
I am only seeing a NEW kde environment. I thought VNC is supposed to bring you the CURRENT view. By current, I am referring to your current desktop so whatever files or folders you have opened during the vnc access should show up on the vnc viewer rather than a brand new fresh kde desktop. How do I modify my settings to allow this to happen? Note that I am using ktorrent and ktorrent doesn't allow multiple instances, so that I whenever I start up ktorrent under my current vnc sessions, it doesn't work.


Second this is my gnome xstartup:
Code:
#!/bin/sh

[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &

#UNCOMMENT TO RETURN TO DEFAULTS
#twm &

#ADDED for Gnome laptop
gnome-session
but then when i do the following:

[disappearedng@home ~/.vnc]$ vncserver
I get the following error
xauth: (argv):1: bad "add" command line
xauth: (argv):1: bad "add" command line

Note that when i vncviewer my gnome desktop i CANNOT see anything. It's just a blank screen.

Why?
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you forgot the &:
Code:
gnome-session &
or
Code:
startkde &
This permits the process to continue running past the termination of the script.
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Thx for the tip.
It still doesn't give me access to the current Desktop.

*I know this because when I log in with vnc, ktorrent complains about the port 4771 already in use and it has a bunch of errors and i know for sure that it does not support multiple instances.

My gnome vnc is still blank.
Any ideas?
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I don't believe there's a way to login to the same desktop that's active on your monitor. Unix handles sessions in a very different way than Windows (in the sense that it does, and Windows doesn't). So each login is separated, where as in Windows there's generally just one unified login.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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You'll need to install the X11VNC port. Then you can ssh to system where you have a running X session, run x11vnc from within the SSH session, and then connect via VNC to the system.

You can also configure x11vnc to be your X server, so that it is always running. Just be sure to enable a strong password on it if you do. (This is what we do with our diskless clients in all the schools, so we can connect to their station for troubleshooting helpdesk calls.)
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thx that solved the problem!
x11vnc indeed is what I wanted!!!

Why doesn't there exist a place where different ports will be explained to newbie users for this purpose?
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Try the following:
Code:
# cd /usr/ports
# make readme
That will generate a README.html file in every port directory. Then you can just point a web browser at /usr/ports/README.html and browse through the ports tree, reading about all the different categories, and all the different ports.

It's not the simple synopsis you may be looking for, but it can be quite helpful when just starting out with the ports tree.
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