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I have installed vnc4server on my Ubuntu 18.04 vps server. Used ssh tunnel to connect on and via VNCviewer connected to it. I can't see icons in the start menu or the icons of the folders. Please see the screenshot attached.

vnc4server-ubuntu18.04 This is my xstartup file

nset 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 &
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After trying all the various vnc servers and many settings I have found the solution right under the spotlight.

In the Applications > Settings > Appearance I have changed the icons to different from the default and suddenly all the icons are there and working.

Finally!

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