[lug] VNC and console input issues

Alan Robertson alanr at unix.sh
Fri Dec 16 19:48:30 MST 2011

On 12/16/2011 3:56 PM, Chris Riddoch wrote:
> Quick question, maybe someone can help with this.  My VPS hosting
> provider provides backup console access over VNC - this *would* be
> more helpful if the input were being interpreted correctly - my log in
> attempts fail because apparently more stuff is being received along
> with each character I type over the VNC session.  Syslog reports the
> problem like so:
> Dec 15 01:15:30 ds1a login[22393]: FAILED LOGIN SESSION FROM /dev/tty1
> FOR UNKNOWN, User not known to the underlying authentication module
> Dec 15 01:15:40 ds1a login[22414]: gkr-pam: error looking up user
> information for: #033c#033h#033r#033i#033s#033
> Yes, there is no such user, but it's not hard to see what I'm trying to tell it.
> This happens with vncviewer, xfvnc, vinagre, and the tightvnc java
> based client, so I'm pretty sure it's not on the client end.  Is this
> an issue with my server's console settings (which should be default
> OpenSuSE settings), or with the hosting provider's setup that connects
> VNC to the console?

033 is an escape.  They seem to be prefixing each character by an ESCape 
character.  I don't know of any way to mess up OpenSUSE to make it do 

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