GNOME3 and au revoir WAS: systemd: please stop trying to take over the world :)

Nathanael D. Noblet nathanael at
Tue Jun 14 20:03:28 UTC 2011

On 06/14/2011 01:55 PM, mike cloaked wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM, Nathanael D. Noblet<nathanael at>  wrote:
>> Its worked super well for me (though less well with GNOME3's effects
>> etc)... Can you point me to what you mean by the usual info into
>> xorg.conf?  to be clear, I don't want to run *my* session over VNC. I
>> want to be able to connect to a remote users *current* session to see
>> and control their computer (while they see what I'm doing)... Does your
>> message still apply?
> I do this all the time to see a remote user's current session - I make
> sure that in the remote machine in xorg.conf there two sections at
> least above whatever else you need, containing:
> Section "Module"
>          Load  "vnc"
> EndSection
> and secondly
> Section "Screen"
>          Identifier "Screen0"
>          Device     "Videocard0"
>          DefaultDepth     24
>          SubSection "Display"
>                  Viewport   0 0
>                  Depth     24
>                  Option      "passwordFile" "/path/to/vnc/passwd"
>          EndSubSection
> EndSection
> The only line of relevance in the second "Screen" section is the
> passwordFile option line which needs to be in that section.
> Make sure that tigervnc-server is installed on that machine - then you
> can connect to the remote server using the tigervnc client and see the
> remote current session, including the login manager before the remote
> user logs in - and you can control the remote desktop in the way you
> describe for demonstration to the remote user and to check they are
> doing things correctly. You can also log the remote user in after a
> reboot for example - this is a really excellent way to manage Aunt
> Tilly's machine at the South Pole if Aunt Tilly (of either sex) is not
> an expert in using a computer, and you are networked at the North
> Pole.
> I hope that helps.

It does, and I like it. I will definitely look into that. Anytime I've 
looked for something like this, it always targeted the use case of using 
VNC as a 'thin client' type system where you'd get multiple users served 
over VNC.

Nathanael d. Noblet
t 403.875.4613

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