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       vncpasswd - set passwords for VNC server


       vncpasswd [file]
       vncpasswd -t
       vncpasswd -f


       The  vncpasswd  utility  should  be  used  to create and change passwords for the TightVNC
       server authentication. Xvnc uses such passwords when started with  the  -rfbauth  command-
       line option (or when started from the vncserver script).

       vncpasswd  allows  to enter either one or two passwords. The first password is the primary
       one, the second password can be used for  view-only  authentication.  Xvnc  will  restrict
       mouse  and  keyboard input from clients who authenticated with the view-only password. The
       vncpasswd utility asks interactively if it should set the second password.

       The password file name defaults to $HOME/.vnc/passwd unless the -t command-line option was
       used (see the OPTIONS section below). The $HOME/.vnc/ directory will be created if it does
       not exist.

       Each password has to be longer than five characters (unless the -f command-line option was
       used, see its description below).  Only the first eight characters are significant. If the
       primary password is too short, the program will abort. If the view-only  password  is  too
       short, then only the primary password will be saved.

       Unless  a  file name was provided in the command-line explicitly, this utility may perform
       certain sanity checks to prevent writing a password file into some hazardous place.

       If at least one password was saved successfully, vncpasswd will exit with status  code  0.
       Otherwise the returned status code will be set to 1.


       -t     Write  passwords into /tmp/$USER-vnc/passwd, creating the /tmp/$USER-vnc/ directory
              if it does not exist, and checking the permissions on that directory (the mode must
              be  700).  This option can help to improve security when your home partition may be
              shared via network (e.g. when using NFS).

       -f     Filter mode. Read plain-text passwords from  stdin,  write  encrypted  versions  to
              stdout.  One  or  two passwords (full-control and view-only) can be supplied in the
              input stream, newline terminates a password.  Note that in the filter  mode,  short
              or even empty passwords will be silently accepted.


       vncserver(1), Xvnc(1), vncviewer(1), vncconnect(1)


       Original  VNC  was  developed  in  AT&T  Laboratories  Cambridge.  TightVNC additions were
       implemented by Constantin  Kaplinsky.  Many  other  people  participated  in  development,
       testing and support.

       Man page authors:
       Marcus Brinkmann <>,
       Tim Waugh <>,
       Constantin Kaplinsky <>

                                           August 2006                               vncpasswd(1)