Detailed procedure for installation of VNC on OpenServer
Lytle David Smith
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I've been working hard to get VNC working on OpenServer 5.0.6.
In doing so, I have written these Bourne shell scripts to automate
the process of downloading, extracting, installing and configuring
the binaries for tightvnc and all of the packages on which it
Apparently there are some issues with having the VNC Java client
work in conjunction with inetd. The "5_configure" script will
prompt you to choose between the Java client and inetd. It appears
to be because when an attempt is made to connect to port 58XX, thus
initiating a download of the Java client, VNC is not actually
running at that point. It doesn't get launched until after the Java
client is already downloaded and executing.
I tried embedding the Java client into a web page, but I
couldn't get it to work. The Java client would download and prompt
for a password, but then it would report an error,
If you choose the Java client, you will be prompted to select a
VNC password that must be used by the operator to connect to VNC,
but the operator will not be required to login once connected, and
they will be logged-in as root. If anyone can tell me how to
configure TightVNC to prompt for a login when launched at
boot-time, then perhaps I can modify the script to do that. I tried
changing "scosession" to "scologin" in /.vnc/xstartup, but it
wouldn't work that way.
If you choose inetd, VNC will allow connections without a
password, but the operator will be presented with a login prompt
with which they can login as any user. If anyone can tell me where
TightVNC stores the password when launched by inetd, then perhaps I
can modify the script to utilize it. It isn't under /.vnc. I think
that's because inetd is starting Xvnc with NOLUID, so it doesn't
look in /.vnc, which is root's home directory.
Below are the scripts that I used to download, extract, install
and configure tightvnc on OpenServer Enterprise 5.0.6. I have
divided the process into five separate scripts, because I wanted to
be able to repeat certain sections without repeating the entire
I hope this saves someone all of the trouble it took me to get this
working. Good luck.
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