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Bug 153652 - Non-homogenous monitor size with Xinerama issue
Non-homogenous monitor size with Xinerama issue
Product: vino
Classification: Applications
Component: Server
Other Linux
: Normal normal
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Assigned To: Vino Maintainer(s)
Vino Maintainer(s)
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-09-24 15:45 UTC by xavier.bestel
Modified: 2020-11-12 12:24 UTC
See Also:
GNOME target: ---
GNOME version: ---

Description xavier.bestel 2004-09-24 15:45:59 UTC
I'm using a Xinerama display, with 2 oddly-sized screens, a bit like
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i.e. the area marked XXXXX doesn't exist (it's above my rightmost
The problem is that Vino isn't Xinerama-aware, and just think there's a
big rectangular display comprising the XXXXX area. Furthermore, it seems
the virtual content of that area is constantly changing, so Vino
continuously sends new garbage to the VNC client.
No need to say that this completely kills interactivity through my slow
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers unstable
  APT policy: (500, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.8-1-686
Locale: LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8@euro, LC_CTYPE=fr_FR.UTF-8@euro
Versions of packages vino depends on:
ii  gconf2                    2.8.0-1        GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libart-2.0-2              2.3.16-6       Library of functions for 2D graphi
ii  libatk1.0-0               1.8.0-2        The ATK accessibility toolkit
ii  libaudiofile0             0.2.6-4        Open-source version of SGI's audio
ii  libbonobo2-0              2.8.0-1        Bonobo CORBA interfaces library
ii  libbonoboui2-0            2.8.0-1        The Bonobo UI library
ii  libc6                     2.3.2.ds1-16   GNU C Library: Shared libraries an
ii  libesd-alsa0 [libesd0]    0.2.34-1       Enlightened Sound Daemon (ALSA) -
ii  libgconf2-4               2.8.0-1        GNOME configuration database syste
ii  libgcrypt11               1.2.0-6        LGPL Crypto library - runtime libr
ii  libglade2-0               1:2.4.0-1      Library to load .glade files at ru
ii  libglib2.0-0              2.4.6-2        The GLib library of C routines
ii  libgnome-keyring0         0.4.0-1        GNOME keyring services library
ii  libgnome2-0               2.8.0-1        The GNOME 2 library - runtime file
ii  libgnomecanvas2-0         2.7.1-1        A powerful object-oriented display
ii  libgnomeui-0              2.8.0-1        The GNOME 2 libraries (User Interf
ii  libgnomevfs2-0            2.8.1-1        The GNOME virtual file-system libr
ii  libgnutls11               1.0.16-8       GNU TLS library - runtime library
ii  libgpg-error0             1.0-1          library for common error values an
ii  libgtk2.0-0               2.4.10-1       The GTK+ graphical user interface
ii  libice6                   4.3.0.dfsg.1-7 Inter-Client Exchange library
ii  libjpeg62                 6b-9           The Independent JPEG Group's JPEG
ii  liborbit2                 1:2.10.2-1.1   libraries for ORBit2 - a CORBA ORB
ii  libpango1.0-0             1.6.0-1        Layout and rendering of internatio
ii  libpopt0                  1.7-5          lib for parsing cmdline parameters
ii  libsm6                    4.3.0.dfsg.1-7 X Window System Session Management
ii  libtasn1-2                0.2.10-4       Manage ASN.1 structures (runtime)
ii  libx11-6                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-7 X Window System protocol client li
ii  libxext6                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-7 X Window System miscellaneous exte
ii  libxml2                   2.6.11-3       GNOME XML library
ii  libxtst6                  4.3.0.dfsg.1-7 X Window System event recording an
ii  xlibs                     4.3.0.dfsg.1-7 X Window System client libraries m
ii  zlib1g                    1:    compression library - runtime
-- no debconf information
Comment 1 Mark McLoughlin 2004-09-27 10:00:52 UTC
We've two options:

  1) Treat each monitor as a separate screen. This means Vino would open a
     separate port for each monitor and you'd have to have a vncviewer
     window for each one.

     The VNC protocol doesn't have multiscreen support - that's why you'd
     have to treat it as two different displays, effectively.

  2) Just ignore the parts of the screen which aren't actually visible on
     any monitors. Initialize them to black and never update them.

(2) is probably the best plan. Sounds trivial but if we also want to stop asking
the X server for the contents of the invisible parts it would actually require
quite a bit of work.
Comment 2 Stian Jordet 2006-02-12 20:54:05 UTC
I'm not sure if I should file a new bug for this, but I'll try my luck here.

I have a xinerama setup with two 19" lcd. 2x 1280x1024.

With vino 2.13.5 I get a screen the right size (2560x1024), but the right half of it is black. And to make matters worse, when I move the mouse on the left, visible part on the client - the mouse is actually on the right part on the server. Makes it 100% unusable with xinerama setups.

The only vnc server I have tried that works is x11vnc, though I have to use an option to make it work ( ).

You could perhaps take a look there, and see how they have done it? I would really, really like to be able to use vino on my computer :)

Comment 3 André Klapper 2020-11-12 12:24:38 UTC
Vino is not under active development anymore and unmaintained.

Please use gnome-remote-desktop instead.

Closing this report as WONTFIX to reflect reality.