Oracle Solaris Express 151a and VNC

I thought I would try to get VNC working on my home network. There seems to be a lot of mis-leading, out of date information about OpenSolaris/Oracle Solaris Express and VNC out there, so having spent some time figuring this out for myself, I thought it might be helpful to others.

Configuration

1. You have to configure gdm accordingly.

Edit /etc/gdm/custom.conf to include:

[security]
DisallowTCP=false

[xdmcp] Enable=true

2. You now have to configure your X-Server to accept remote connections

svccfg -s application/x11/x11-server

editprop

setprop options/tcp_listen = boolean: true

end

3. You have to configure the vnc service

svccfg -s xvnc-inetd

editprop

setprop inetd_start/exec = astring: "/usr/bin/Xvnc -geometry 1920x1200 -inetd -query localhost -once securitytypes=none"

(Set the geometry to whatever suits your monitor...)

4. Finally, disable and then enable the gdm and xvnc-inetd services

svcadm disable gdm xvnc-inetd; svcadm enable gdm xvnc-inetd

That should be enough to get it working.

Potential Problems

I had a lot of problems on my server and it kept crashing and would only work with a depth of 8. In the end, I ran out of ideas and did a gnome-cleanup of my account which fixed it.

Optional Step

5. If you want your session to persist between client connections (bear in mind security implications) then you will want to:

svccfg -s xvnc-inetd

editprop

setprop inetd/wait = boolean: true

Hope someone finds this useful.

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