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Hello, I'm using Mandrake 10.0 amd64, and the latest version of vncserver (amd64 edition).  Whenever I try to start vncserver from any account, I get this error:

Couldn't start Xvnc; trying default font path.
Please set correct fontPath in the vncserver script.
Couldn't start Xvnc process.

Any help?
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by:Gns
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The default config in the script is to use "$fontPath="unix/:-1" ... Which is to say: use "xfs". You could as well specify the path(s), but that's a bit of a bother, so... Check with
service xfs status
that xfs is running, and if not running then start it with
service xfs start
and config it to run at the default times with
chkconfig xfs on

-- Glenn
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[root@x1-6-00-30-18-3c-38-4c bluelaguna]# /sbin/service xfs status
xfs (pid 2504) is running...

Hmm, and I tried restarting it too...
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Hm, strange... Is that the latest vnc from http://www.realvnc.com ? Or the latest in the amd64 Mdk10 port?
Either way, I'll try find some time tonight and look them over on my amd64 system (and actually booting the amd64 version...:-).

-- Glenn
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Ah, might that be the "bundled" tightvnc-server?
Well, testing shows that it bombs immediately with a Segmentation fault... so all the talk about font path is just a bad supposition in the script... It's not a font problem.

Might be a good idea to report the error though.
Another thought is to get down and dirty with the source rpm and try to find _why_ it bombs:-)... Probably due to some bad pointer arithmetic of similar;-).

Yet another reason to keep the 32-bit install a bit longer:-):-)

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yeah, it is, I guess I'm screwed.  Well, time to downgrade to regular 32bit...
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Yes, well I've not tried to run much 32-bit stuff on the 64-bit install (it _should_ work), since I've been unable o get neither the win/linmodem driver nor the ATI driver to compile... Both have a central "closed" 32--bit object, so it's impossible to build a working 64-bit kernel module... And I like it when glxgears give silly FPS values:-):-).
What I'm saying is that you could well try run a 32-bit incarnation and see if it runs as badly.

There's still some rough edges to the amd64 port, but... Hopefully we'll get there:-). If I find the time, I'll look at reporting it as an error.

-- Glenn
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