I've been trying to view a Mac desktop from Linux and I've encountered
a number of annoying little problems. I'd like to know whether any of
these are due to the particular server and viewer combination that I'm
using and could be cured by changing one or the other, or whether there
are any work-arounds.
At the Linux end I'm using the Debian package of "VNC Viewer Free
Edition 4.1.1 for X".
At the OS X end I'm using the Apple VNC server that's built in to OS X 10.5.5.
The issues are:
- There seems to be no clipboard sharing.
- When I move a window, it doesn't seem to do any copyrects; it redraws
the whole window each time.
- I have to start vncviewer with --FullColour=on, else it terminates
without showing the display. I think this means it's using 32 bpp,
even though I've configured the Mac to use "thousands of colours" (i.e.
16 bpp) in its display settings dialog, so it is wasting half of its
- I'm using a UK keyboard, and when I press # (i.e. the unshifted key
to the left of return) I get a B# (pound sign). I also get a B# (pound)
when I press shift-3, so there seems to be no way to type a #. (Now I
think about it, I don't know for certain if the # key works on a
directly-connected keyboard; I suppose I should check. It did
recognise the keyboard as a UK model when I installed it, but the
machine doesn't have a keyboard plugged in at all while I'm VNCing to it.)
- I would like to be able to re-map the modifier keys. Specifically,
I'd like to be able to type Ctrl-Letter for things like copy, paste etc
and for the Mac to see Cmd-Letter. This is partly because I'm
habituated to typing ctrl-C rather than cmd-C in GUI apps for copy, but
also because my Linux window manager intercepts cmd, so the VNC viewer
never sees it. I also need to be able to send "option + click"; when
Mac people say "option", do they mean the key with "cmd" written on it?