VNC server doesn't bring up login screen

Bug #376085 reported by Alexander L. Belikoff
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vnc4 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: vnc4server

When I run VNC server (package vnc4server on Ubuntu 9.04 64-bit) I am able to connect to it but there is no login screen. The screen I get is a gray stipple background and the standard X cursor. There is no login screen and/or any kind of menu.

GDM has been configured to allow remote logins and in fact tightvnc server works fine and is able to run the login manager, whereas the canonical VNC server is not.

This was tested with both xinetd-started server and with a manually started one.

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Tpugliese (thomas-pugliese) wrote :

I have seen this same problem with both vnc4server and tightvncserver.

The cause and solution are very similar.

In the /usr/bin/vnc4server script, there is a line like this:

    $ENV{DISPLAY}= ":$displayNumber";

change it to this:

    $ENV{DISPLAY}= "$host:$displayNumber";

It should work after that.

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