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Date:      Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:14:32 +0100
From:      Adam J Richardson <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Xvnc query to gdm failing
Message-ID:  <>

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Hi all,

I'm trying to use VNC to log into my FreeBSD laptop from another laptop 
[why? to learn how], but I'm stuck. I'm logged into gdm using display 0, 
typing this email at the keyboard that's physically attached to the gdm 
box. I'm getting the grey screen problem when I log in remotely though. 
The VNC client connects to Xvnc fine, but the gdm login client does not 
appear on the VNC display.

A quick "netstat -an | grep 177" shows port udp/177 in LISTEN mode, as 

I figure perhaps it's a user permissions problem. I'm using xinetd to 
run Xvnc as user "nobody", so perhaps "nobody" has no access rights to 
gdm? The only problem is, I can't seem to find gdm.conf. It doesn't 
exist on the system. The command

sudo find / | grep gdm.conf

yields nothing. Where is it storing its settings if not in gdm.conf?

Adam J Richardson

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