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When a user first runs vncserver, the following ~/.vnc/xstartup file gets created:

#!/bin/sh

# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# unset SESSION_MANAGER
# exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

[ -x /etc/vnc/xstartup ] && exec /etc/vnc/xstartup
[ -r $HOME/.Xresources ] && xrdb $HOME/.Xresources
xsetroot -solid grey
vncconfig -iconic &
xterm -geometry 80x24+10+10 -ls -title "$VNCDESKTOP Desktop" &
twm &

I want to modify the default file so that the following lines are uncommented:

unset SESSION_MANAGER
exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

How should I go about this?

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Just uncomment these two lines and restart your vncserver. Your default desktop will be started by vncserver –  Serge Oct 26 '12 at 15:02
    
I want it to be done by default for all new users. I.e., change the default ~/.vnc/xstatup that is created. –  Beaming Mel-Bin Oct 26 '12 at 15:05
    
This is not clear from your question :) wait a second... –  Serge Oct 26 '12 at 15:07
    
Any suggestions on how to make the question clearer (seems like you already have my answer but for others visiting the site :-)). –  Beaming Mel-Bin Oct 26 '12 at 16:26
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Create a file /etc/vnc/xstartup with the following content:

#!/bin/bash
unset SESSION_MANAGER
exec /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc

And give it the read and execution permissions to all users:

chmod 0755 /etc/vnc/xstartup

Then this script will be executed by any user's vnc server

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