[Newbies] Troubleshooting headless running of RFB

Brad Fuller bradallenfuller at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 22:58:55 UTC 2008

There was a problem a year or so ago with RFBs with new images - which
I don't know if it was fixed.
You should search the archives. See if this helps:


On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 3:48 PM, John Chandler <morph at growler.net> wrote:
> I installed the RFB (vnc viewer/server) package on my Debian server,
> to which I don't have console access.  There appears to be a problem
> with it, because the connection is refused.
> I loaded the package on my laptop, started the server, and verified
> that I could connect to it with Chicken of the VNC.  I did not stop
> the server, I saved the changes with a slightly altered name, and
> scp'd the image and changes files that had that altered name over to
> the Debian machine.
> I started squeak with the command,
>    nohup squeak -headless ~/squeaks/*image &
> (in the directory, "squeaks," there are two files, the image and the
> changes)
> This process appears to be running.  "ps -ef" shows:
>    squeakvm -headless [~]/squeaks/Squeak3.9-final-7067_RFB.image
> squeak.image
> When I use Chicken to try to start a session, changing only the
> hostname (which is a raw IP address), I get a "connection refused"
> message.
> I have been told by this ISP that they are not blocking port 5900, and
> I ran in.telnetd in debug mode on port 5900 and got a connection, so
> it appears that this is true.  The nohup.out file is still zero
> length.  Are there any other log files that might be informative?  Is
> there something that netstat would reveal about whether the RFB app
> came up properly and is actually listening on 5900?  Any other clues?
> -jmc
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