"A VNC server is already running as :10", but it isn't!
Tue Dec 3 20:15:01 2002
On Tue, 3 Dec 2002, William Hooper wrote:
> Doesn't VNC start the session you requested after you set the password
> (you don't need to run it a second time)?
No, you do have to run it a second time, at least with Xvnc 3.3.
> Are you sure that there isn't a server running on :10?
Yes. Using appropriate 'ps' commands I can see all of the other vnc
processes, but there isn't one for :10.
> Have you tried to connect to it with a viewer?
Not until you suggested it (because it isn't running ;-), but I did just
try it and it responds as if there is nothing running on :10 (it does not
prompt for a password and a pop-up box says "Failed to connect to
> It might be useful to look for logs and PID files in the ~/.vnc
I had done that. There is no log for :10. When I try to kill :10, it
tells me it doesn't know the PID, of course, so it fails.
> Does Solaris have a "netstat -a" that can show you if a port has a
> program listening on port 5910?
Good idea. Yes, it does. I looked and I found nothing on 5910.
So it's still a mystery. Thanks for your efforts. You had some good
ideas and I really appreciate your help.
Michael B. Miller, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology
University of Minnesota
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: email@example.com
> > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Mike Miller
> > I'm still using old Xvnc version 3.3, running on Solaris 8. I set up
> > VNC for a student and had him start it up on :10. It prompted for
> > password, which he entered, then I had him run vncserver :10 again to
> > create the VNC session. It refused saying "A VNC server is already
> > running as :10", but it was lying! ;-) There is no server on :10.
> > Then I had him run one on :11, and it worked without a problem. I've
> > had him try, hours later, to start one on :10, but it won't work --
> > same error message.
> > Any tips? Would an upgrade be a good idea?
> > Mike