After upgrade/update no longer able to establish a connection through VNC.

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11 SP1


After an upgrade or update, attempting to connect to the system through a web browser or a VNC client will fail.  No graphics are displayed.

A LAN trace will show that the TCP connection is established but is then immediately terminated by the server.


One of the parameters being used to launch Xvnc from xinetd is "-from localhost".  For some unknown reason (at this time) some systems are failing to bind (for the vnc server only) to "localhost".  There are two ways to work around the problem.

In both cases you will need to edit the following file (as the root user) using vi, or gedit, or whatever editor you prefer:


Once you have the file open for editing locate the section for "service vnc1".  It should look similar to this:

service vnc1
   socket_type     = stream
   protocol        = tcp
   wait            = no
   user            = nobody
   server          = /usr/bin/Xvnc
   server_args     = -noreset -inetd -once -from localhost -query localhost -geometry 1024x768 -depth 16
   type            = UNLISTED
   port            = 5901

do one of the following to the entries in "server_args":

1.  Change "-from localhost" to "-from".
2.  Remove the "-from localhost" parameter completely.

Repeat the change for "service vnc2" and "service vnc3" then save the file.

Finally, restart the xinetd service so that the change will be recognized by running the command "rcxinetd restart" and try the VNC connection again.


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  • Document ID:7009718
  • Creation Date: 09-Nov-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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