VNC Xterm fails to display prompt

October 1, 2014 3.2k views

I have installed vnc on my droplet and I can connect via tightVNC. However, I cannot see the prompt in my terminal. If I type "ls" or any other command I know something is running because I see the scrollbar change. And occasionally I see some text come on the screen. But it's almost if I'm looking at a small subsection in the center of the terminal.

Also, my desktop is completely blank. Any icons might be on the outside and not visible.

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04. I installed

apt-get install gnome-core xfce4 firefox
apt-get install vnc4server

as root.

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  • You might need to edit your ~/.vnc/xstartup file. The default never works for me with 14.04 (it used to in 12.04)

    Here is mine that works fine. Using Gnome-panel:

    # Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
    # exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc
    [ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
    [ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
    xsetroot -solid grey
    vncconfig -iconic &
    x-window-manager  &
    dbus-launch nautilus &
    gnome-panel &
    gnome-terminal &
    gnome-settings-daemon &
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