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I installed xrdp on two Raspberry Pi 4 with 4 GB memory. The first one had a fresh installation of Raspberry Pi OS 11 with the full desktop environment, here everything works.

The second one had the normal desktop instead of the full one. On the second Pi with the normal desktop image, connecting to the RDP session doesn't work. After some time, XRDP shows the following error:

Screenshot of error message: Connection problem

In the log file /var/log/xrdp.log I found permission errors:

[ERROR] Cannot read private key file /etc/xrdp/key.pem: Permission denied

The file is owned by user & group root

lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   36 Nov 22 21:57 cert.pem -> /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root   38 Nov 22 21:57 key.pem -> /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key

so I changed it to the pi user

sudo chown pi:pi /etc/xrdp/{key.pem,cert.pem}

The permission error in the logs is away now, but it doesn't seem to help. It shows the background color without anything on it and the logs shows

[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] connecting to sesman ip 127.0.0.1 port 3350
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] xrdp_wm_log_msg: sesman connect ok
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] sesman connect ok
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] sending login info to session manager, please wait...
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] xrdp_wm_log_msg: login successful for display 12
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] login successful for display 12
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] loaded module 'libxup.so' ok, interface size 9456, version 4
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] started connecting
[20211122-22:50:39] [INFO ] lib_mod_connect: connecting via UNIX socket
[20211122-22:54:09] [INFO ] connection problem, giving up
[20211122-22:54:09] [INFO ] some problem

Is this somehow related to the window manager changes in RPI OS 11? The changelogs says that

mutter window manager used instead of openbox on devices with 2GB or more of RAM

I also tried this idea by creating a ~/.xsession file to start mutter without success:

#!/bin/bash
exec /usr/bin/mutter
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Turns out you cannot login twice with the same account using xrdp on Raspbian Bullseye (Debian 11). So you need to either disable autologin using "Raspberry Pi Configuration"/sudo raspi-config or create another user. If this is not an option because you need to login as the same user then you might want to look into VNC, Teamviewer or go back to Raspbian Buster (Debian 10).

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