Synergy issues on Mac OS 10.6

Synergy is a really cool little client/server app that anyone who has used two (or more) computers side-by-side has always wanted — your cursor just keeps going off one machine monitor and magically shows up on the other, plus you can transfer clipboard content! Works cross-platform, Mac, Win, Linux. A couple of older forks have merged and the unified effort can be found here: http://synergy-foss.orgdownloads here.

I hadn’t used it in a while, so I downloaded the newest (at the time): 1.4.2beta and had problems getting the keystrokes to register — mouse and arrow keys worked tho — so after banging at it a bit, tried the latest stable version, 1.3.6, which did the trick. Both computers were Macs, running OS 10.6.7. To install or change versions, you simply copy the two synergy* files into your /usr/bin directory (overwrite any existing files).

Run the server with:

sudo synergys -c /etc/synergy.conf

where the args indicate which config file to use. See below for an example of my config file. There are other config options you can also pass. (Not sure if sudo was needed, but it seemed to help.)

Run the client with:

synergyc hostname

where hostname is the host/path to your other computer running as the server.

There is a GUI for Mac sys prefs panel, but I also found it a bit buggy and didn’t have the patience to isolate the issue, you can find that project here:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/synergykm/

View synergy.conf example (2 screens, side by side)

section: screens
	ldg-dt:
	ldg-air:
end
section: links
	ldg-dt:
		right = ldg-air
	ldg-air:
		left  = ldg-dt
end
section: aliases
	ldg-dt:
		lars-macpro
	ldg-air:
		LDG-Air.local
end

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