Re: VNC Configuration in Suse Linux 9.2 - No logon prompt
From: John Howell (jehowell_at_ihug.co.nz)
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2005 09:15:00 +1200
Enrique Perez-Terron wrote:
> On Fri,sessionnp 2005 22:43:37 +0200, John Howell <email@example.com>
> I have no knowledge of VNC, and would like to ask a few questions.
> Googling, I find that VNC enables the server to share its screen's
> contents with the client(s). This would mean that if you are seeing
> just the grey root window and the big X cursor (the initial state
> of most X servers), then the same thing should appear on the server's
> real screen.
Yup, that is what I see. On the real physical console for the server though,
I can get the graphical login and have no problems.
> If that is the case, this is not a VNC problem but a general linux
> setup problem, for which this must be a very appropriate newsgroup.
> But then I don't see why the OP presents it as a problem of what
> appears in the VNC client.
Just a setup question from the point of view that I will be using VNC quite
often for my desktop PC as my laptop only runs Windows, and so when I want
any of my Linux apps when I am working away from home or in another room in
the house I jsut want a graphical terminal to my server and my desktop.
> In this case, the OP, being new to Linux, needs some advice on
> how to debug the final steps of the bootup procedures, from the
> line in /etc/inittab that starts a display manager (if this is
> done from /etc/inittab on SuSE, I am a Fedora guy), through the
> scripts that the display manager uses to set up its environment.
> The OP might also need a hint about how to use tools like
> ps (process status), select processes by sid (session id), etc.
> A word about what processes to expect could also be usefull to
That would be cool. I can see the VNC session starting on the server when I
connect to it, and I can get in with either my RealVNC client or a Java
based browser VNC client, but I get the same result in both cases, no login
> There are two possibilities that strike me: The OP does not have
> a physical screen connected to the server, and relies on VNC
> to access it, or my source of knowledge about VNC fails to mention
> the (quite obvious) next step: VNC could provide additional virtual
> screens to its remote clients. This would offer a graphical
> alternative to the standard "telnet style" terminal connection.
> Does VNC offer this?
Yup, full graphical shell. I have no problems with a SSH connection, this
goes fine, but hard to use KMail with no Xwindow 8)
> In this case, of course, the vnc server configuration is the logical
> place to start debugging.
> Either way, the OP could also find usefull a hint about the system
> logging facilities, starting with the common log file
> /var/log/messages, provided that VNC does use syslog. For what I
> know VNC could write to it's own log file.
> I believe most people believe it is important to be brief and to
> the point when addressing somebody for help. Newsgroups like
> this do not work quite that way. It is better to provide
> information about your computer, and especially to provide some
> observations. Give the readers something to go on. Being too
> breif is a sure way of getting few answers.
The VNC server with the problem is an AMD 3200+ with 1GB RAM running SUSE
Linux Pro 9.2. Video card is NVidia 0x0322, NIC is unknown, it is
integrated on the motherboard, but the linux generic driver seems to be
I also have the server running SAMBA, NFS, Apache2 and Tomcat along with the