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xrdp is a daemon that supports Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). It uses Xvnc or X11rdp as a backend.


There is xrdpAUR in the AUR. However, this doesn't work without further changes and it depends on tightvnc, which has severe problems giving the correct colors.

With xrdp-gitAUR there is currently a better alternative. It depdens on tigervncAUR, which is a successor of tightvnc that doesn't have the mentioned problems.

Fixing Problems in xrdpAUR

You won't have these problems when you use xrdp-gitAUR so you can skip this section when you chose the git version.

You should have something like that at the end of


otherwise Xvnc (tightvnc) will not start, complaining:

Fatal server error:
could not open default font 'fixed'

xrdp will just fail without giving you that error. You can only see the error message when you try to start Xvnc manually for a test.

What you can't seem to fix is the message Couldn't open RGB_DB '/usr/X11R6/lib/X11/rgb'. There seems to be no file available to suppress that warning and it is probably because of this, that some colors seem to be wrong (pink or blue instead of black).

Autoboot at Startup

When you installed xrdp-gitAUR you can just add rdpd to the DAEMONS section of /etc/rc.conf file.

Otherwise you have to copy /etc/xrdp/xrdp.sh to /etc/rc.d and use that.


After starting xrdp you can point any RDP client to localhost (on standard RDP port 3389) xrdp will give a small message window.

When you choose sessman-Xvnc you can give a username and password for any account on your host and xrdp will start another Xvnc instance for you. Opening a window manager out of a SESSION list provided in /etc/xrdp/startwm.sh.

When you just close the RDP connection, you can access the same session again next time you connect with RDP. When you exit the window manager, the session will close and a new session will be opened the next time.

xrdp checks only if a session with the same geometry is already opened. It will start a new session if the geometry/resolution doesn't match.

See also