I have a remote VM running Ubuntu 1804 and would like to run VNC. I am using x11vnc, which requires an X server to be running. Currently, I’m connected through SSH.
The VM has an Nvidia card, and after generating the xorg.conf with nvidia-xconfig, I can start an X session using startx, but only as root. Any subsequent connection via VNC is with root, which I want to avoid.
The Device section in xorg.conf file looks like this:
Section "Device" Identifier "Device0" Driver "nvidia" VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation" BoardName "Tesla K80" BusID "0:30:0" EndSection
When trying to launch startx as a non-root user, I get the following:
/usr/lib/xorg/Xorg.wrap: Only console users are allowed to run the X server
If I change the /etc/X11/Xwrapper.config to allow anybody to startx, I get the following:
Couldn't get a file descriptor referring to the console
I’ve been reading that connecting via SSH doesn’t mean that you’re connected to a text console, which you need to run startx. Trying to change to a text console with chvt fails doesn’t change anything.
Is there anyway that I can launch X via SSH?