Solaris/x64 VNC with Cut & Paste
By Jeff Taylor-Oracle on Nov 10, 2009
Yesterday, I was trying to get Cut & Paste to work between various VNC clients and a VNC server that was running on a Solaris10 Update 8 x64 server. The VNC software that was first in my PATH was from the SFWvnc package that is shipped on the Solaris Companion CD
I was quite confused:
1) Various Google searches revealed that vncconfig must be running on the server for cut and paste to work, however, it would not start:
No VNC extension on display :1.0
2) The man page for vncconfig indicates that this may be caused by using version 3 Xvnc.
3) SFWvnc is version 3.3.7
4) There is no free version for Solaris x64 at www.realvnc.com (but there is a SPARC build)
So I was left trying to figure out what is there easiest way to get Solaris/x64 VNC with Cut & Paste to work? I wondered if I need to download RealVNC's 4.X source and build the server. Did I need to purchase the Enterprise Edition of RealVNC, even though I was not intending to use enterprise features?
Solution: As it turns out the solution is simple: "pkgrm SFWvnc". This SFW package has VNC 3 files from the Solaris Companion CD that compete with the VNC 4 files that come with SUNWxvnc and SUNWvncviewer in S10U5 and newer. I've asked the owner to have SFWvnc removed from the S10U9 Solaris Companion CD.