I'm on CentOS 7 with TigerVNC installed. I have started it up (I think), but I can't connect to it.

Here's what leads me to think it's running:

$ vncserver -list

TigerVNC server sessions:

:1            29811

But netstat doesn't list it anywhere:

$ netstat -tpln
Active Internet connections (only servers)
Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address           Foreign Address         State       PID/Program name
tcp        0      0    *               LISTEN      957/sshd
tcp        0      0  *               LISTEN      1277/master
tcp6       0      0 :::22                   :::*                    LISTEN      957/sshd

Not sure if it's relevant or not, but here are my iptables:

$ iptables nvL
Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 6112 packets, 538K bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    6   304 ACCEPT     tcp  --  *      *              state NEW tcp dpt:5901

Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT 810 packets, 156K bytes)
 pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

(I attempted to add a rule for 5901 thinking that maybe it was related to why I didn't see vncserver in netstat, but after changing that rule and starting vncserver, nothing changed as far as I can tell.)


vncserver -list only looks at files in ~/.vnc/. There should be a file in your ~/.vnc/ directory ending with .pid. Make sure that the numeric PID in that file (29811) is actually a running process. It is quite possible that the Xvnc process is not running, but exited in such a way that it didn't clean up the .pid file. You can also clean it up by running vncserver -kill :1. This will clean up any other socket files that might be remaining.

  • Thanks! You were right - the process wasn't actually running. I killed it with vncserver -kill :1 and then started it again with vncserver and this time around, it showed up in netstat -tpln (on port 5901) and I was able to connect. – ArtOfWarfare Sep 30 '15 at 14:32

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