When I create vnc for my linux box, its showing desktop when I login. I want only xterm windows. I see xterm under /bin/xterm. Please help.

  • could you clarify your question please. It is not clear what you want to achieve
    – Serge
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 6:52
  • I need to be only seeing xterm window. I see shared desktop from utlra vnc. After I create a client, and login from client I see server desktop. I want to see only xterm window, which is like terminal. Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 7:03
  • How did you start your xvnc server?
    – Serge
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 7:10
  • >vncserver, one command Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 7:11
  • Or how to attach xterm to xvnc, I need to switch off desktop. I need only xterm Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 7:12

1 Answer 1


We need to edit file $HOME/.vnc/xstartup with the contents below:


# Uncomment the following two lines for normal desktop:
# 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 &
/opt/fvwm/bin/fvwm2 &

This will turn off desktop and show only xterm windows.

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