Following the guide for Start/Stop/Restart individual vnc servers defined in /etc/sysconfig?, still I am not able to bring up a user's desktop. While vncserver says that this desktop is already running, the -kill option is unable to find that!!!

Please see the output below.

dar@cluster:~$ cat /etc/sysconfig/vncservers
VNCSERVERS="2:mahmood 3:darik 11:dar"
VNCSERVERARGS[2]="-geometry 1250x700"
VNCSERVERARGS[3]="-geometry 1250x700"
VNCSERVERARGS[11]="-geometry 1250x700"
dar@cluster:~$ vncserver :11
A VNC server is already running as :11
dar@cluster:~$ ps aux | grep Xvnc
dar     5815  0.0  0.0 105300   900 pts/5    S+   13:38   0:00 grep Xvnc
darik  6644  0.2  0.0 111864 39068 ?        S    Aug28 143:42 /usr/bin/Xvnc :3 -desktop cluster.scu.edu:3 (darik) -auth /home/darik/.Xauthority -geometry 1368x768 -rfbwait 30000 -rfbauth /home/darik/.vnc/passwd -rfbport 5903 -fp catalogue:/etc/X11/fontpath.d -pn
mahmood  20826  0.0  0.0 123348 49464 ?        S    Aug26  45:57 /usr/bin/Xvnc :2 -desktop cluster.scu.edu:2 (mahmood) -auth /home/mahmood/.Xauthority -geometry 1024x768 -rfbwait 30000 -rfbauth /home/mahmood/.vnc/passwd -rfbport 5902 -fp catalogue:/etc/X11/fontpath.d -pn
dar@cluster:~$ vncserver -kill :11

Can't find file /home/dar/.vnc/cluster.scu.ac.ir:11.pid
You'll have to kill the Xvnc process manually


What is the problem and how can I fix that?

  • Try the :55 id... Next, try netstat -a | grep 5911 - do you see your vnc? – Smithson Oct 9 '16 at 12:43

As you haven't configured the users to login using a desktop mangager, they likely need to configure their session using a ~/.xsession file.

It may be simpler to configure VNC using XDMCP to start the session. I've had success running Remote Desktops with VNC and RDP. For VNC sessions, it worked better using XDMCP. Using XRDP, the desktop gets launched by the XRDP daemon.

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