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I run Mint mostly on my desktop systems and realvnc isn't in the repos, so I use tightvnc. Now the Raspberry pi defaults to realvnc as it's server and I wasn't able to get tightvnc to talk with it so I installed tightvnc server to the pi but it doesn't come up at boot like I want it to.

This pi is behind a firewall so I'm not much concerned with the security of having a vncserver running all the time. I elected to use the @reboot feature of crontab to bring up the server. Here's my crontab script running as the user pi.

# Edit this file to introduce tasks to be run by cron.
# Each task to run has to be defined through a single line
# indicating with different fields when the task will be run
# and what command to run for the task
# To define the time you can provide concrete values for
# minute (m), hour (h), day of month (dom), month (mon),
# and day of week (dow) or use '*' in these fields (for 'any').# 
# Notice that tasks will be started based on the cron's system
# daemon's notion of time and timezones.
# Output of the crontab jobs (including errors) is sent through
# email to the user the crontab file belongs to (unless redirected).
# For example, you can run a backup of all your user accounts
# at 5 a.m every week with:
# 0 5 * * 1 tar -zcf /var/backups/home.tgz /home/
# For more information see the manual pages of crontab(5) and cron(8)
# m h  dom mon dow   command
@reboot /usr/bin/vncserver -geometry 1600x1024 >/tmp/c.out 2>&1 &

Don't miss the USER environment variable. It won't work without it.

rpivnc.txt · Last modified: 2020/08/12 17:34 by