NoMachine ON openSUSE LEAP
NoMachine have made an
rpm package, a
deb package and a
tar.gz package available. They also clearly mention that the
rpm is suitable for openSUSE 15.x. No mention of Tumbleweed. So, I grabbed the 64-bit
tar.gz package from their website hoping it would give me more control if something goes wrong.
The general installation instructions are:
- Click on Download and save the
tar.gzfile in the
- Extract the
tar.gzarchive by running from command line:
sudo tar zxvf nomachine_7.4.1_1_x86_64.tar.gz
3. Execute the following to install:
sudo /usr/NX/nxserver --install
The installation is pretty straightforward and within a minute you are ready to connect.
NoMachine ON openSUSE TUMBLEWEED
Performed the same steps, but a failure occurred:
NX> 700 Running: systemctl restart nxserver.service.
NX> 700 ERROR: Cannot enable systemd service: .
NX> 700 Server install completed with warnings.
NX> 700 Please review the install log for details.
NX> 700 Install completed with errors at: Mon Apr 05 16:17:09 2021.
I tried to start
nxserver.service manually and found it does not exist.
The following also returned a null result:
systemctl list-units --type=service | grep nx
/etc/systemd/system/ and searched for the unit
nxserver.service. It just did not exist.
I went to my openSUSE Leap machine, navigated to
/etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants and examined the
nxserver.service file. It was a symbolic link to
Great! Armed with this knowledge I searched my openSUSE Tumbleweed machine. There was no
/usr/lib/systemd/system/nxserver.service file. Then, it occurred to me that the file
nxserver.service might either:
- be dynamically generated one, in which case I would need to copy it from my openSUSE Leap machine and change any environment-specific variables
- or might be present in the
tar.gz, in which case I could just deploy the file to required locations and see if it works
nxserver.service in the
/usr/NX/scripts/systemd directory (the
tar.gz was extracted here). I examined the contents and found no environment-specific variable seeking my blessings:
Description=NoMachine Server daemon
After = syslog.target network.target network-online.target sshd.service http-daemon.target.service htd.service
Wants = network-online.target
- Then, created a symbolic link to match the openSUSE Leap situation
ln -s /usr/lib/systemd/system/nxserver.service /etc/systemd/system/multi-user.target.wants/
3. Then enabled
sudo systemctl enable nxserver
4. Started and enjoyed
sudo systemctl start nxserver
NoMachine is a very good remote desktop solution for Linux. It installs fine on openSUSE Leap while on openSUSE Tumbleweed the necessary
nxserver.service, does not get installed. After manually installing
nxserver.service, all is good.