Could not acquire name on session bus - SOLVED

I’m running Ubuntu 18.04 with ThinLinc 4.12.1-6733_amd64. When I try to connect to it using the MATE Desktop, I get “Could not acquire name on session bus”. Are there any workarounds for this?

Answering my own question:

In the Linux guest machine, edit:




before the closing “fi”

Restart guest.

It seems to work for me, and does not seem to have any ill effects.


@dormitionskete do you know if you had a local MATE session running when this problem occurred?

No, I did not have a local MATE session running.

I’ve had this problem with Ubuntu MATE 16.04, 18.04 and 20.04, using various different versions of ThinLinc. I just never took the time to investigate it before. It seems to be related to a similar bug in TightVNC and some other flavors of VNC. I believe ThinLinc uses some sort of VNC in their implementation.

Doing a search on the internet for the error message I posted yielded several pages, all with similar suggestions to fix it. It was primarily a matter of locating the correct file to modify.

It’d be nice if ThinLinc would find a way to address this without us having to modify our guest systems; but I’m just happy to have ThinLinc for free limited use !!!

Have a great day!