Triple VNC

Tom McLaughlin tmclaugh at
Sun Jul 11 16:16:43 PDT 2004

On Sun, 2004-07-11 at 17:04, Bruno Czekay wrote:
> Hi
> I wanted to make some tests between (Real) VNC, TightVNC and TridiaVNC 
> servers (run on FreeBSD) against their clients, installed both on 
> FreeBSD and Windows. But every package installs itself as Xvnc, 
> vncserver, vncviever etc. Wouldn't it be more useful, if enhanced 
> versions installed themselves as Xvnc-tight and Xvnc-tridia?
> I do understand, that not many people install all those packages, and 
> maybe they want to have just 'vncserver' on their systems, not 
> 'vncserver-some-extra-crap'. In this case, Makefile for enhanced version 
> can test, if there exist "official" vnc binary - if not, enhanced 
> version is symlinked to it.
> This would also require patching Xvnc (as this a perl script). If you 
> consider it useful, I can send appropriate patches.
> Best regards

The first problem I see is you install the tightvnc package and it
creates bin/vncviewer which is a symlink to bin/vncviewer-tight and then
you install realvnc.  I believe that if you overwrite the existing
symlink you will overwrite the symlink target.  So by installing
realvnc's bin/vncviewer you will overwrite tightvnc's
bin/vncviewer-tight.  I haven't tried this with any ports, simply
copying files around and copying to the symlink overwrote the target

The second problem I see is which package owns bin/vncviewer?  Both
would own bin/vncviewer according to their package lists and both would
want to remove the file.  You could do away with the symlink and have
tightvnc simply install just bin/vncviewer-tight but that creates a
problem for frontends like tsclient which look for a vncviewer binary. 
Now someone is forced to install realvnc to use tsclient when they
already have tightvnc.

I think leaving them the way they are is probably the best way to go. 


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