Synergy issue: Clipboard failing occasionally

Jared Norris jrnorris at
Thu Dec 15 22:46:50 UTC 2011

On 16 December 2011 04:19, Dave Woyciesjes <woyciesjes at> wrote:
>        Now this is an odd one...
> Synergy Server: Ubuntu 11.10, using Gnome shell, Synergy 1.3.6
> Client 1: laptop, dual boot Win7 Enterprise & Ubuntu 11.10 Gnome Shell.
> Synergy 1.3.6 on both.
> Client 2: Mac OSX 10.5, Synergy 1.3.8
> - The synergy.conf file has them setup in a circle, in that order:
> Mac - Laptop - Server - (and circle back to the Mac)
>        Here's the problem. When the laptop is on the loop, sometimes While
> working on the Server hitting [CTRL][C], or using the right-click option,
> fails to copy the selection to the clipboard. Selecting & middle click on
> the mouse fails too. When that happens, the log window (in Win7) pops up
> with a message that it "Failed to copy (or was it access?) the clipboard.
>        This occurs even when it's booted in to Ubuntu (Synergy 1.3.6) as
> well.
>        Worked fine on previous releases of Ubuntu. That's all that has
> changed.
>        I tried Synergy 1.3.8 on the server (to help the mouse over the left
> hand wall); but that didn't stay up long enough to tell. Of course, could
> the clipboard issue have been killing Synergy?
> --
> --- Dave Woyciesjes

I used synergy for many many years and all throughout that time I
would occasionally get issues with the clipboards. I had the same
issues you mentioned but also every once in a while it would copy the
text and translate it to some Asian character language I couldn't
discern (and before I knew Google translate existed). All I did was
script up a file that killed the synergy server and restarting it (put
a button on the task bar or icon on the desktop, etc) so it never
really bothered me too much.

Other than the clipboard issues as long as I always followed the
instructions on the sourceforge page to install it properly so you
could have the keyboard/mouse shared before login I never really had
any other issues with the program. It was a lifesaver when I was
migrating from windows to Ubuntu and it continued working well long
into my Linux only years.


Jared Norris JP(Qual) BBehSc(Psych)

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