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I have successfully installed MDV 2008.1, but how can I create a VNC server on that machine?


I remember a tool to do so in KDE Control Center, but I can't find it.


I only find RFBDRAKE or something, I am on Windows now so I can't check the name, and it must be opened manually to function.




Great release by the way!


Edit: Silly me! I just installed Krfb by installing kdenetwork and everything now works.

Edited by Amorphous_Snake

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krfb works similarly to x11vnc and rdp servers: it logs the remote user to a real X session, not a virtual one (as vncserver does).

But since it fits your needs, all is OK... :D

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I don't understand! Can you please explain?


I switched to Gnome to use Vino, as Krfb had a terrible lagging when I control it from a VNC client. Why is this?


By the way, can you tell me how to enable VNC by default on XFCE?

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So, you just want to connect to a REAL X session. That is, user "foo" is running an X session, and another one is logging remotely to that session as "foo".

The other option is connecting remotely to a virtual X session. That session will not display the running applications and processes in the real display (the real is usually "display :0", the first virtual one "display :1" and so on - while if noone is logged in locally, the first virtual session will be at "display :0", the second one at "display :1" and so on.

Apparently, you are after the first option.

Here's what I do. I have a remote machine which is running XFCE4, and when powered one it automatically logs user "foo" in, and runs the XFCE4 desktop, plus a couple of applications (for that I use the xfce4 startup manager).

1. Install x11vnc. IMHO it's the best server for managing real X displays- way faster and more stable than krfb or vino.

2. Create a vnc password, if you don't have one already:

x11vnc -storepasswd

This will create the password file ~/.vnc/passwd

Now, create an x11vnc initialization file. Open a console as user "foo" and

nano /home/foo/.x11vncrc

Add in there

rfbauth /home/foo/.vnc/passwd
display :0

Save, exit, and make it executable:

chmod +x /home/foo/.x11vncrc


In all of the above, replace "foo" with the actual username.

Now, you can simply add

x11vnc -noncache

to be executed when the desktop is loading (easy ro figure out how, or not?). However, I find it safer to have it shut down, and trigger it remotely via ssh. I simply log in via ssh as "foo", and start the vnc server using the same command:

x11vnc -noncache

Then, just minimize the ssh console, and use your vnc client to log to the remote desktop. I prefer the realvnc client to the tightvnc one- for me it's more stable, but use whatever works best for you...

The above method works fine for KDE, Gnome, XFCE4, or any other window manager/desktop environment - and has the advantage the vnc server not being open all the time. If you close the ssh console, then the secure connection will close, and with it the vnc server will be killed.

You can do more than that, e.g. tunnel the whole vnc session via ssh (more secure, but somewhat reduced performance), or use nxserver instead: the new server version supports both virtual and real X displays, and is said to perform better than vncserver. However, I've not used it yet, as x11vnc fits me rather well.

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Thanks a lot. I will try it very soon.


But the PC I am talking about has no screen, keyboard or mouse connected to it, so I want something that will make the VNC server running all the time. This is a wired home network, so I don't worry about security that much.

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My remote PC is also at the LAN, and does not have keyboard/mouse/screen attached. This is no problem, as long as things like harddrake are not running. If it is running, it will likely complain. If not, the real X session will start without the need of REAL hardware being attached.

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