vncserver on Amazon Linux on Amazon's AWS

NOTE: this first step may be outdated in new versions of Amazon Linux, which provides libjpeg-turbo.

First, get a good version of libjpeg-turbo:
  1. yum clean all
  2. yum --enablerepo=amzn-preview install libjpeg-turbo
  3. see:
Necessary packages:
  1. gnutls-2.8.5-10.el6.x86_64.rpm
  2. libfontenc-1.0.5-2.el6.x86_64.rpm
  3. libtasn1-2.3-3.el6.x86_64.rpm
  4. libxdmcp-1.1.1-7.ram1.x86_64.rpm
  5. libXfont-1.4.5-2.el6.x86_64.rpm
  6. libxkbfile-1.0.6-1.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
  7. libXmu-1.1.1-2.el6.x86_64.rpm
  8. mesa-dri-drivers-9.0-0.7.el6.x86_64.rpm
  9. pixman-0.26.2-5.el6_4.x86_64.rpm
  10. tigervnc-license-1.3.0-16.el6.noarch.rpm
  11. tigervnc-server-1.3.0-16.el6.x86_64.rpm
  12. tigervnc-server-minimal-1.3.0-16.el6.x86_64.rpm
  13. xkeyboard-config-2.6-6.el6.noarch.rpm
  14. xorg-x11-proto-devel-7.6-25.el6.noarch.rpm
  15. xorg-x11-xauth-1.0.2-7.1.el6.x86_64.rpm
  16. xorg-x11-xkb-utils-7.7-4.el6.x86_64.rpm
Necessary packages for fluxbox:
  1. pyxdg-0.18-1.el6.noarch.rpm
Here's a link to all the packages needed: rpms

Start by trying to install tigervnc-server. That will fail. Follow the dependencies down, installing packages one by one as they come up. If they fail, install their dependencies first.

These packages were special cases
  1. mesa-dri-drivers-9.0-0.7.el6.x86_64.rpm
    1. just "--nodeps" install this one
    2. the libraries of the dependencies are never called from my experience
  2. libXtst-1.2.1-2.el6.x86_64.rpm
    1. there is a more recent version of this already in Amazon Linux, so just skip this one and "--nodeps" the parent package, which is libXmu-1.1.1-2.el6.x86_64.rpm
If not found, add location of to /etc/ and run "ldconfig", e.g. locations is /usr/lib/ so add the line "/usr/lib".

Once I got the vncserver up with

  vncserver :66 -localhost

bizarrely, it was listening on port 5966 and some 6066 port. The 5966 port is the one you want.

See previous post on Redhat VNC for details, click here.


Popular posts from this blog

Debugging pfsense firewall rules clearly and easily

Direct ssh to a server via proxy using putty/plink on Windows

telnet vs netcat