Attempting vnc connection results in gray screen with X mouse cursor.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop or Server
Remote access enabled in YaST-->Network Services-->Remote Administration (VNC)


Remote Administration (VNC) enabled in YaST on a SUSU Linux Enterprise Server or Desktop 11 SP1 system.   Attempting to connect through a VNC client on either Windows or another SUSE Linux system, a gray screen would be displayed with a X mouse cursor.


In the /etc/hosts file, the entry for looked like this:         null

It should normally look similar to this:         localhost  <hostname>
(the <hostname> would be the actual hostname for this system)

Fixed the /etc/hosts entry and it started working perfectly.


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  • Document ID:7008222
  • Creation Date: 28-Mar-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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