Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I have a strange problem with my vncserver install using icewm -- none of the XPM files for the themes load when vncserver is launched via init.d scripts.

In my /etc/init.d/vncserver file, it runs the equivalent of:

su jessica -c "/usr/bin/vncserver -name vnc-server -depth 32 -geometry 1024x768 :0"

And in my ~/.vnc/xstartup file:

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid black
vncconfig -iconic &
icewm-session &

If I run vncserver from my user account directly, everything behaves properly...

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The problem was specifying a depth of 32. Changing it to 24 allowed the XPMs to load... =/

share|improve this answer

If you use su - <username> it sets the $PATH variable and all the other environment variables to the same as the user's login shell.


su - jessica -c "/usr/bin/vncserver -name vnc-server -depth 32 -geometry 1024x768 :0"

and see if it works. Why are you starting a vncserver on screen :0 instead of the default :1?

share|improve this answer
It's a completely headless server; means I don't have to add the :1 when connecting. – jessicah Jun 9 '11 at 4:09

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .