XDMCP - Solaris hangs

derk.steggewentz@autodesk.com derk.steggewentz@autodesk.com
Fri Dec 14 15:06:00 GMT 2001

I had the problem of not being able to setup a XDMCP connection to Solaris from cygwin-xfree. A black screen popped up with the hourglass cursor and nothing else happend. I noticed that there are a few similar problems posted on the list but couldn't find an answer. I solved the problem for me and I assume that the other posted problems are similar if not the same. The problem turned out to be that fonts needed by the CDE login screen are not part of the cygwin-xfree distribution and therefore couldn't be found on my windows machine. What I did was starting up a font server on the Solaris box. You can do it on the command line or in a terminal window on the Sun Box using something like:
/usr/X/bin/xfs -config /usr/openwin/lib/X11/fontserver.cfg -port 7101

Now if you invoke XWin on cygwin/xfree you have to tell it to use the font server instead of the local fonts:

./XWin.exe -query <solaris_box> -from <windows_box> -fp tcp/<solaris_box>:7101 && ./xhost + &

substitute <...> with your specifics. 
Let me know if it works for you.


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