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Bug 727473 - Vino does not start automatically in XFCE
Vino does not start automatically in XFCE
Product: vino
Classification: Applications
Component: Server
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: Vino Maintainer(s)
Vino Maintainer(s)
Depends on:
Reported: 2014-04-02 02:33 UTC by Iain Elder
Modified: 2014-04-03 10:44 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Vino configuration UI running in XFCE (32.44 KB, image/png)
2014-04-02 10:17 UTC, Iain Elder

Description Iain Elder 2014-04-02 02:33:22 UTC
Vino apparently starts automatically in GNOME and Unity, but not in XFCE.

To make it start in XFCE you have to add XFCE to the list of desktops in the autostart file.

The autostart file is here:


You have to change the line with OnlyShowIn to look like this:


To check that it worked, restart XFCE and inspect the output of `netstat -antp` for an instance of vino server listening on port 5900.

The installer should be able to write the XFCE value by itself.

Why does the vino server autostart only in GNOME and Unity? It's working great for me in XFCE after this wee change.

PS. I got the server version from `apt-cache show vino`. The vino server program itself doesn't have a --version option.
Comment 1 Iain Elder 2014-04-02 02:34:51 UTC
Sorry, that file location should be:


missed the o!
Comment 2 David King 2014-04-02 07:33:26 UTC
Vino no longer provides any configuration UI as of 3.10, which is instead now provided by gnome-control-center as of 3.8. If XFCE does not provide a configuration UI for Vino, there is little point in adding XFCE to the autostart file. Please re-open this bug if XFCE starts providing a configuration UI.
Comment 3 Iain Elder 2014-04-02 10:15:41 UTC
Couldn't find vino in the XFCE menus after installation. Is that another bug?

XFCE can configure vino using a UI, but you have to launch it using a command! 

The command to start the UI is vino-preferences.

The dialog looks just like the one in a blog post by Ed Nilsey (will attach a copy):

Apparently Ed had the same autostart problem. He solved it this way:

"drill down through the menu from Settings → Settings Manager → Session and Startup to the Application Autostart tab, then Add the Vino VNC Server to the list: /usr/lib/vino/vino-server. You can start it manually if you have the hots for immediate sharing."

Can we reopen this?
Comment 4 Iain Elder 2014-04-02 10:17:39 UTC
Created attachment 273459 [details]
Vino configuration UI running in XFCE

Attached screenshot of Vino configuration UI running in XFCE.
Comment 5 David King 2014-04-02 10:25:44 UTC
vino-preferences was removed in 3.10 (it should have previously been in the menus as "Desktop Sharing"):

The current stable version is 3.12, and until there is an equivalent configuration UI (which could be a copy of vino-preferences split out to a separate package) I do not see much point in adding any other desktop to the autostart file.
Comment 6 Iain Elder 2014-04-02 23:37:34 UTC
The latest stable version of Xubuntu (13.10, Saucy) is still using version 3.6.2. Do you still support the 3.6 line?

The Xubuntu Settings dialog is called xfce4-settings-manager.I don't see a "Desktop Sharing" icon there after installation.

Would you add the XFCE desktop if we could get xfce4-settings-manager to show a Desktop Sharing icon?

How does gnome-control-center handle this? Is it not also just a copy of vino-preferences?
Comment 7 David King 2014-04-03 07:08:56 UTC
No, 3.6 is unsupported. The latest stable version is 3.12.0, and the 3.10 series is also supported. There is code inside gnome-control-center to configure Vino, which is rather different than vino-preferences. Similar code would need to exist for a desktop environment before the autostart file would be changed to add that environment.
Comment 8 Iain Elder 2014-04-03 10:44:37 UTC
The lack of UI support in Xfce has been on the Ubuntu bug tracker since 2009.

I've asked the Ubuntu folk to comment on your proposal of a new package for UI support.

Let's see what they say.