[svlug] XDMCP server issues
Karsten M. Self
kmself at ix.netcom.com
Sat Apr 2 23:46:03 PST 2005
This is mostly a "how should I go about troubleshooting" question.
Configuration: Debian sarge i386 box, local LAN. kdm is providing
XDMCP services. I've got the inetd.conf hack for providing VNC sessions
with authentication through XDMCP, as outlined here, with several ports
in the range 5950 - 5954 providing different resolution sessions:
Everything worked dandy prior to the system being moved across the lab,
modulo about two weeks (spring break). Local console X login worked,
remote XDMCP X login worked, and remote VNC with XDMCP login worked.
- Local X11 login via kdm works.
- Remote X11 session with "query" or "broadcast" *doesn't* work. The
local X11 server starts (herringbone pattern), but the login/chooser
screen never appears.
- Remote VNC sesssion doesn't succeed. The VNC session connection is
made, the appropriate resolution (per the assigned ports above) is
selected, and X displays its herringbone pattern. But no kdm login
I've looked for any output in system logs, and there simply doesn't
appear to be any. 'find /var/log -type f -maxdepth 2 -mtime -2 -print0
| xargs -0 grep kdm' turns up a few false positives. No logfiles appear
to be written as the session starts. I'm sort of stuck for diagnosing
this. Is there any way to increase verbosity of either the VNC server
Subsequently I've found the following post via Google which suggests
font path issues. I believe there's been a system upgrade since the
last successful logins, which may account for the changes.
I'm considering a few options for further diagnostic:
- Network traffic sniffing: watching communications to the kdm / vnc
server. Since the traffic _should_ be localhost, I'm pretty
confident there are no firewall issues involved.
- Using a different X display manager. This idea didn't occur to me
until leaving the lab (won't be back until Monday) but might be
Other suggestions welcomed.
Karsten M. Self <kmself at ix.netcom.com> http://kmself.home.netcom.com/
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