[CentOS] VNC vs GNOME desktop

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Fri Jun 27 14:50:12 UTC 2008

fred smith wrote:
> I'm trying to use VNC to connect my home Centos box (up to date centos 5)
> to my Centos 4 (also up to date) at work. I have no problem connecting.
> The problem occurs after logging in, for every applet in the bottom Gnome
> panel I get an error box from which I can choose to remove the applet
> from the panel, or just go on. I choose to not delete but to just go on.
> After I get a half dozen or so of those, the desktop is fully drawn, 
> except the bottom panel is completely empty. no desktop switcher, or
> anything else.
> I've googled and looked in centos forums and realvnc FAQs and don't
> find any reference to such a problem. 
> Clues would be appreciated!
> Here's the text from that dialog:
> 	The panel encountered a problem while loading
> 	"OAFIID:GNOME_howDesktopApplet".
> 	Details: Failed to resolve, or extend
> 	'!prefs_key=/apps/panel/applets/show_desktop_button/
> 	Prefs;background=none:;orient=up;size=x-small;locked_down=false
> 	Do you want to delete the applet from your configuration?
> and I get that once for each applet.
> here's the ~/.vnc/xstartup file from the server:
> 	#!/bin/sh
> 	# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
> 	 exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
> 	[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
> 	[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
> 	xsetroot -solid grey
> 	vncconfig -iconic &
> 	xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
> 	twm &
Replace that last line with:

exec gnome-session &

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