VNCviewer fullscreen under Gnome 2.8 - loosing window decorations

Valéry valery at
Wed Jan 12 09:27:22 PST 2005

Dear Ewald,
i think you aren't into the good thread ; where to
go is on your own email :
 > I'm running in a strange problem using VNCviewer (VNC 3.3.7 built from
1 - VNC problem, not FreeBSD
 > decorations of VNCViewer under X. When pressing F8 again to bring up
2 - X problem, not FreeBSD
 > Gnome 2.8
3 - Gnome problem, not FreeBSD
All these 3 components are independant from FreeBSD.

Well, saying that, because i'm working sometime with VNC,
trying to solve your problem :
1 - What say VNC log ? (~/.vnc/yourHost:yourDisplay.log,
     with ~ = userHome directory where you launch VNC Server)
   If there is a problem rendering something, it's possible
   to get interesting msg from here.
2 - Are you using VNC Client & VNC Server on the same computer ??
3 - If not, VNC Server is running on what ? MS-W., FreeBSD, ... ?
4 - you must set the same window size on both server && client,
     this is the best way to use them ;
     if you use a non-fullscreen client, you must know that if
     your client window is less than the overall size of your
     server window, the client window size is not adjusted,
     this is not dynamic. VNC mean "Video", ie you get a Video
     image, not logical object. It's like a TV if you want,
     VNC open a Video Stream btw you and the server. Ok ?

Well, in regard, i think the best way to use VNC is fullscreen.
Read your log, and look if the problem is from gconf (gnome),
VNC or other things.

I'm not specialist, please contact VNC or Gnome if you want
more information, or try Google, Metacrawler and so.,
but i think FreeBSD don't reply to you on a problem on
which they cannot do anything,
B. regards,

Ewald Jenisch wrote:

> Hi,
> Since my original posting to freebsd-questions didn't give a single
> reply I'm trying here - maybe somebody is experiencing the same
> problem...
> I'm running in a strange problem using VNCviewer (VNC 3.3.7 built from
> ports) in fullscreen mode:
> vncviewer uses function key F8 to switch between normal and fullscreen
> mode.
> When I drop out of VNC fullscreen-mode using F8 I'm loosing the window
> decorations of VNCViewer under X. When pressing F8 again to bring up
> the vncviewer popup window that should allow me to go back to vnc
> fullscreen mode nothing happens. The only way to get back out again of
> vnc is to terminate the vnc-connection on the server-side in order to
> kill the vnc-client window running on my machine - really annoying.
>>From what I can tell this problem *might* have to do something with
> Gnome(desktop) handling the vnc-session and going in- and out of VNC
> fullscreen mode.
> Here's my environment:
> FreeBSD 5.3
> Gnome 2.8
> VNC 3.3.7 from ports
> all ports current "up to the minute" (i.e. I've done "portupgrade
> -arR" some days ago)
> Has anybody else experienced this problem? Anything that can be done
> against it? 
> Thanks much in advance for your help,
> -ewald
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