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.
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.