x11vnc without X

Tim Henderson bizdev at pwnspeak.com
Sun Jul 25 00:14:26 UTC 2010

> I always thaught that vnc created a new X session or attached to an
> existing one (this is the only way I have ever used it) so I don't see
> how this could work?
> Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that it can't be done, but I don't
> think it can.

It works FWIW.  How?  It starts up a "light" X during the start of the 
vnc server.

Disabled X from start in the run level.
Compiled the latest x11vnc 0.9.10 which fixes the bug.
Installed xorg-dev and xvfb (the light x)
Ran: x11vnc -scale 5/8 -usepw -create -auth guess

Which worked.  From there you can start X apps from a crappy terminal. 
But at least its a start.

Tim H.

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