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  • Run the command vncpasswd to create a VNC session password. It is separate than your login password, but can be set the same
    • The vncpasswd command can also change/reset an existing password
    • The vncpasswd command will create a ~/.vnc directory if it does not exist
    • If needed, edit the file ~/.vnc/xstartup

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        titlexstartup example

        #!/bin/sh

        unset SESSION_MANAGER
        unset DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS
        gnome-session &


    • Start vncserver


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        titleIf vncserver uses systemd (example using tigervnc)
        • Add user to /etc/tigervnc/vncserver.users
          • Start vncserver for user port: sudo systemctl start vncserver@:x



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        titleIf vncserver does not use systemd
        • Check if any VNC ports are in use using the command ‘vncserver -list’ . Any active VNC ports will be listed like :1 or :2. By default VNC runs on port in the range 590x
          • Each VNC session runs on a unique port so to start on port 5902 use the command: 
            • vncserver :2 -localhost
            • NOTE: if VNC session is already running on port :2, try a higher port number like :7 or :8
          • The VNC server can be stopped with the command:
          • vncserver -kill :2
          • The VNC session resolution can be set using the -geometry option. Stop vncserver before starting a new session.
            • vncserver -kill :2
              • vncserver :2 -localhost -geometry 1280x1024



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