7019030: Remote access issue with xdmcp and Gnome.

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2 (SLES 12 SP2)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 (SLES 12 SP1)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 4 (SLES 11 SP4)

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 Service Pack 3 (SLES 11 SP3)

Situation

After trying to connect to a SLES server running Gnome desktop via xdmcp protocol, this may not work with some clients, and not with others.

Works with: Xephyr, VcXsrv ( working Windows X server implementation with OpenGL acceleration )

Does not work with: Xming

Resolution

Switch to client that works.

-or-

Use Display Manager and Window Manager that do not require 3D acceleration

For example xdm and icewm.

It is possible to do this by :

  • editing /etc/sysconfig/displaymanager to show :

DISPLAYMANAGER=”xdm”

  • editing /etc/sysconfig/windowmanager to show :

DEFAULT_WM=”icewm”

  • and switching to runlevel 3 and back to 5 or by rebooting teh system.

After that just make sure to configure xdm to enable xdmcp

Cause

Certain xmdcp clients do not support the necessary extensions for acceleration.

As such, gdm and gnome-shell do not work with it.

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