Unable to remotely login to KDE with VNC

Jim Cunning jcunning at cunning.ods.org
Wed May 12 19:25:55 UTC 2010

I have a workstation at my office that I cannot login to using a local 
tightVNC and x11vnc at the remote system.  When I enter the password, my 
vncviewer window closes and after reconnecting to the remote system, the login 
screen is still present.  I know it's not a password issue, because this only 
happens when the correct password is entered.  If I'm already logged-in, 
there's no problem, even if the session was locked and required entering a 

I'm aware that gdm has a parameter (KillInitClients=false) to disable this 
behavior, but I also saw somewhere that KDE (kdm) does not use this.  I'm 
confused by this, because gdm is the process displaying the login splash 
screen.  Putting "KillInitClients=false" into /etc/gdm/gdm.conf and 
/etc/gdm/custom.conf has no effect.

Anyone know where/what kdm needs to disable this behavior?
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