How Close can XVNC get to WinVNC

Barn Owl barnowl "at" uronramp.net
Sun, 23 Sep 2001 09:16:15 +0000


Hate to be obtuse but what exactly are you trying to get it to do?

Evan

Suresh Mahalingam wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> 
>   I have recently started using VNC and have been
>   trying to make VNC on solaris/CDE similiar to
>   WinVNC so that I can remotely work on the existing
>   screen display rather than having a separate one
>   for VNC.
> 
>   I have had reasonable success with the following
>   approach I got from the vnc-list archives of running
>   the working XSession through a shared vncserver:
> 
> 1. Change the last line of xstartup in ~/.vnc:
> 
> #twm &
> Xsession
> vncserver -kill :1
> 
> 2. Delete all startup commands from ~/.xinitrc and replace with
> 
> vncviewer <machine-name/localhost>:1 -passwd ~/.vnc/passwd -fullscreen
> 2>/dev/null
> 
> I had to add 2>/dev/null because otherwise the vncserver startup
> message was showing on the console.
> 
> 3. Create a script startvnc containing the command:
> 
> vncserver -geometry 1280x1024 -depth 8 -cc 3 -dpi 90 -fp \
>  tcp/localhost:7100 -alwaysshared -nolisten local
> 
> I got 1280x1024 by running xdypinfo.
> 
> I know this command can be added to the .xinitrc followed
> by sleep 10.
> 
> 4. Turn off dtlogin autostart by running dtconfig -d
>    as root and rebooting the machine.
> 
> 5. Login onto console, run startvnc followed by xinit
> 
> The above gives good results except for the following
> defects:
> 
> 1. There is some drop in the color quality though it improved
>    after adding -cc option. increasing depth to 16/24 makes things
>    worse.
> 
> 2. When I start programs like netscape I get the warning:
> 
> Warning: Cannot allocate colormap entry for "gray77"
> 
> for different colors like SeaGreen, Brown, SlateBlue etc.
> 
> 3. I get console messages on the screen which do not clear
>    with doing a Refresh. I do not see them with a normal
>    CDE display.
> 
> 4. Auto blank screen does not work properly. I was getting
>    a dark and shaking shadow of the oringinal screen which
>    came to the regular screen on moving the mouse.
> 
> 5. Auto lock screen after inactivity does not work.
> 
> Is this the best I can get?
> 
> I know there is a way to make dtlogin come up using vncviewer.
> Will that fix some of the above problems? I would rather not
> make too many config changes as root. Here the only change I
> made was running dtconfig -d which can be restored by dtconfig -e.
> 
> I know that x0rfbserver works on the running XServer rather
> than create its own XServer. But I do not think there is a version for
> Solaris.
> 
> Thanks,
> Suresh.
> 
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