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0006767Kali Linux[All Projects] Kali Package Bugpublic2020-10-03 06:34
Reporterpavangr Assigned To 
Status newResolutionopen 
Product Version2020.3 
Target VersionFixed in Version 
Summary0006767: kex --sl does not start seamless mode on Windows 10 WSL2
DescriptionUsing latest kali linux on Windows 10 x64 Version 2004 Build 19041.508), followed steps to install kex as given here:

running kex as soon as I login to WSL works pretty fine, it launches window mode GUI and work flawlessly.

Where as when I try the seamless mode, VcXsrv crashes showing fatal error message box. (attached screenshot for your reference).

Please help me resolve this.

Steps To Reproduce1. Install WSL and kali linux on Windows 10 (professional edition)
2. 2. Install Kex following steps given here:
3. kex --sl

VcXsrv crashes with fatal error. (screenshot attached)
Additional InformationOS: Kali GNU/Linux Rolling on Windows 10 x86_64
Kernel: 4.19.104-microsoft-standard
Uptime: 23 mins
Packages: 1131 (dpkg)
Shell: bash 5.0.18
Terminal: /dev/pts/0
CPU: Intel i7-9750H (12) @ 2.592GHz
Memory: 93MiB / 6248MiB

winver: Windows 10 x64 Version 2004 Build 19041.508)



2020-10-02 10:12



2020-10-02 10:19

reporter   ~0013521

The error log file when VcXsrv failed to lanuch.

win-kexsl.log (1,503 bytes)


2020-10-02 20:32

developer   ~0013526

There should be a fix for this coming - can you rm the win-kex.log file and do again? This seems to stem from running kex seamless as root, and root owning the log file, so when you try to run it as a normal user, it can't write to the log.


2020-10-03 06:33

reporter   ~0013529

Tried removing the log files, this time it ran without any errors, however, nothing appeared on the desktop. No Xfce desktop bar for seamless usage. Even tried starting a program from console and received error "Error: no DISPLAY environment variable specified".

when is the fix arriving? any planned dates?


2020-10-03 06:34

reporter   ~0013530

I must thank you for your swift reply though. Highly appreciated!

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2020-10-02 10:12 pavangr New Issue
2020-10-02 10:12 pavangr File Added: Screenshot 2020-10-02 153508.jpg
2020-10-02 10:19 pavangr File Added: win-kexsl.log
2020-10-02 10:19 pavangr Note Added: 0013521
2020-10-02 20:32 steev Note Added: 0013526
2020-10-03 06:33 pavangr File Added: Screenshot 2020-10-03 120138.jpg
2020-10-03 06:33 pavangr Note Added: 0013529
2020-10-03 06:34 pavangr Note Added: 0013530