vncviewer ported to cygwin32
Gabriel N. Klyber
gabe "at" thirdcoast.net
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 23:40:54 +0000
This program is now available by FTP at: ftp://par0593.urh.uiuc.edu/pub/VNC/vnc
This is a temporary location for it until someone else (ORL?) volunteers to
put it up for FTP.
I haven't tried it out yet, but it sounds like a great idea.
> VNC is very cool and very useful for remote access, especially on Windows
> where the lack of some remote windowing protocol like X can be a great
> annoyance. However, there is one disadvantage, and that is that the client
> machine must run vncviewer (Unix or Windows) or a Web browser. Not much of
> a problem, since vncviewer is free software, and should be easily portable
> to any system that has a reasonable version of X. But what if you have an
> X terminal you'd like to hook up to your Windows boxes? You'll need a Unix
> machine as piggy-in-the-middle, running vncviewer and effectively
> translating from VNC's protocol to X protocol. Similarly, what if you have
> an obscure Unix variant that runs some version of X, but you can't compile
> vncviewer? There are a fair few systems that have an X server but may not
> be trivial to port vncviewer to (eg VMS, the Mac).
> Ok, that's enough justification :-) . I've compiled the X version of
> vncviewer with Cygwin32 beta 19 (http://www.cygnus.com/gnu-win32), which is
> also GPLed free software. It required compiling sort of "by hand", since
> xmkmf didn't work properly (not the fault of the VNC people, I should add).
> However, the whole process was fairly painless and quite fast.
> You can now run both WinVNC and vncviewer on one machine, and display the
> results on your Unix box or X terminal without needing any new software at
> the client end. I hope somebody will find this useful, and maybe come up
> with a nice "packaged" solution. I don't have an FTP site, but if you want
> the vncviewer.exe binary (and/or the cygwinb19.dll Unix API layer, how I
> compiled it), feel free to mail me. Perhaps somebody could put it up for
> FTP themselves.
> There are bound to be problems - ATM the main one is with the desktop
> appearing grey until it is redrawn (but that seems to happen also with the
> Windows viewer). However, in the long run I don't see why this shouldn't
> work just as well as running vncviewer at the client end.
> Next step is to get Xvnc to compile using Cygwin32 - since together with
> the Windows VNC viewer, that would make a free X server for Windows.
> Ed Avis
> epa "at" datcon.co.uk