SUMMARY: Sunview on Solaris 2.3

From: Mark `Hex' Hershberger (
Date: Sat Aug 31 1996 - 09:56:19 CDT

My original posting:

> We have had a SunOS machine with a scanner attached sitting on a Solaris
> 2.5 network for quite a while now because we didn't have the driver
> software necessary to run the scanner under Solaris 2.5.
> I finally found the Solaris Driver, and, after installing 2.5 on the
> machine, installed the driver software. Now, I get the following
> message:
> SunView support is not available.
> OpenWindows was started with the -nosunview option.
> I've not found any "-nosunview" option on the machine that is running
> Openwindows... Any Ideas?

The answer is, of course, that Solaris 2.5 support for SunView does not
exist. So, I have to find an older version of Solaris that does have it.

Thanks for the help. Selected responses follow my .sig.

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Date: Fri, 23 Aug 1996 09:52:42 -0600 (MDT)
From: Tim Carlson <>
Subject: Re: Problems with SunView?

sunview went away as of Solaris 2.3. If your driver is sunview GUI based,
you are out of luck.


From: <>
Date: 23 Aug 96 12:32:53 -0500
Subject: more re: sunview

Mark -

There are at least 3 potential issues here -

(1) - sunview probably isn't 'running' anywhere since I'm guessing
that you're using OpenWindows or motif or some other GUI; you are
probably concerned with availability of sunview libraries and
the ability of the display server to handle sunview connections
(see 2 & 3)

(2) - sunview on the machine running the program - if it is solaris 2.3
or later it won't have the sunview libraries needed to run
(/usr/lib/libsun*); if it's a SunOS 4.x machine, then (3) is your

(3) - sunview on the machine displaying the program - if it is solaris
2.3 or later, the X server (X or Xsun) doesn't know how to handle
sunview (or for that matter, xnews) connections

Hope this helps out,


Date: Mon, 26 Aug 1996 17:55:12 -0400 (EDT)
From: Benjamin Cline <>
Subject: Re: Problems with SunView?

Hmmm... SunView is Sun's old, pre-OpenWindows, windowing standard. To
encourage/enable customers to migrate to OpenWindows, backwards
compatible support for SunView applications was built into OpenWindows. I
seem to recall hearing that this compatibility support would be dropped
from Solaris 2.5 (primarily because SunView was such an ancient product).

Perhaps the driver for your scanner makes some use of the SunView
libraries? That's my best guess given the information you've provided.


Benjamin R. Cline       Harrison & Troxell, Inc.
                     Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes?

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