[mythtv-users] vnc on headless backend

Peter Loron peterl at standingwave.org
Sun Dec 6 09:23:04 UTC 2009

On Dec 6, 2009, at 12:43 AM, Michael Lemstad Maymann wrote:

> On Sat, 2009-12-05 at 21:42 -0500, Kevin J. Cummings wrote:
>> On 12/05/2009 09:32 PM, Michael Lemstad Maymann wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I have a headless 9.10 backend that I would like to connect to with
>>> vncviewer to primarily run mythtv-setup once in a while.
>>> When I disconnect my monitor it fails with:
>>> Fatal server error:
>>> no screens found
>>> Have anyone done this or know how I could do it ?
>> VNC allows you access to the X session you have running.  When you
>> disconnect your monitor, X doesn't come up running.
>> Instead, look at vnc-server.  You can setup virtual X sessions (without
>> any real monitor session) that can be connected to via VNC from other
>> machines.  Perhaps this is what you want?
> Hi Kevin,
> Thanks for your quick reply :-)
> This is exactly what I want !
> Any example/howto ?
>>> Thanks in advance
>>> ~maymann

sudo apt-get install tightvncserver

Then, when on the remote machine:

vncserver -geometry 1024x768 -depth 24

Use a VNC client on your other machine to connect to the backend, default port 5901.


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