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How do you list your vncserver sessions?

This article says to do this:

$ cat ~/.vnc/*.pid
... and many more

Using this method, I could write a script to check each pid, but there has got to be something better.

Is there a better way? I'd like to see something like:

$ vncserver -l
Session  User  Started     Status    Blah
1        jess  3/24 19:00  Active    ?
2        jess  3/21 14:00  Suspended ?

EDIT: For example. I have six sessions running, but I can only use one of them. All six show up as running processes. It would also be nice to see a list for other users too; I just found a server with 95 VNC sessions. I have no idea which ones are active.

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I always use ps -ef | grep vnc, then pick out the parts I need from that.

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I have 6 sessions listed. The only session I can get to is :6. How would I know which sessions are active/still working? – Jess Mar 27 '13 at 12:33

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