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I have a Fedora 15 server that has been running just fine for months until I suffered a power outage. After the recovery, all services came back up just fine except vncserver. When I try to start the daemon with the following command:

# service vncserver start

I get the following:

Starting vncserver (via systemctl): Job failed. See system logs and 'systemctl status' for details. [FAILED]

I've looked in /var/log/messages and could not find the culprit. Doing a systemctl status vncserver.service yields the following:

vncserver.service - LSB: start|stop|restart|try-restart|status|force-reload vncserver
Loaded: loaded (/etc/rc.d/init.d/vncserver)
Active: failed since Mon, 23 Jan 2012 22:57:11; 1min 28s ago
Process: 4701 ExecStart=/etc/rc.d/init.d/vncserver start (code=exited, status=126)

Please keep in mind that the problem does not lie in the vncservers, iptables, or xstartup files as all of these were working perfectly before the outage; they have not changed, and I have exact duplicates of these files on another machine that run just fine as-is. Uninstalling and reinstalling from RPM does no good.

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Have you tried to run it just like that ? : /etc/rc.d/init.d/vncserver

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That's what it was! Thanks to your suggestion, I found a still-in-use but corrupt session in /tmp/.X11-unix/X15. Deleting the X15 file solved the issue. Thanx! –  Anthony Jan 31 '12 at 22:36
@Anthony There's a checkmark on the left you can click to accept this if it solved the problem –  Michael Mrozek Jan 31 '12 at 22:40

I changed VNCSERVERS to VNCUSERS, e.g.:

VNCUSERARGS[2]="-geometry 1280x1024"


service iptables stop
service vncserver start

Now it works.

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