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xrdp with NVidia driver: gnome does not start

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 3 (SLES 12 SP3)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)
SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension 12


xrdp has been installed and configured, you also using the NVidia driver from SUSE Linux Enterprise Workstation Extension 12, however if you try to establish a connection to the default gnome desktop environment you get a black screen on the client. In /var/log/messages on the xrdp server you find following log entries:

gnome-session-binary[16018]: WARNING: software acceleration check failed: Child process exited with code 1
xrdp-sesman: pam_unix(xrdp-sesman:session): session closed for user root
org.a11y.atspi.Registry[16036]: XIO:  fatal IO error 11 (Resource temporarily unavailable) on X server ":200.0"


The issue is caused by incompatible libraries. A solution is to make sure xrdp does not use any of the NVidia libraries, but use the Mesa libraries.

If you installed the NVidia driver after a normal OS installtion, all you need to do is editing /etc/xrdp/sesman.ini in section [SessionVariables] add


afterward restart xrdp

systemctl restart xrdp

If you installed the NVidia driver already during the OS installation, you need to install the Mesa libraries as well. To do this create a textfile with following content


and install the packages from the list with

cat <filelist> | xargs zypper install


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  • Document ID:7023179
  • Creation Date: 13-Jul-2018
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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