I have a “standalone” package that does not turn up when I (in Xfce) use the search in the Whisker menu.
QUESTION: How do I get it to turn up by search so I may click and start it?
Since a “standalone” may not be a proper term, I will explain exactly which package is in question.
Go to this page: https://www.realvnc.com/en/connect/download/viewer/linux/
One of the things you can download from there is “Standalone x64.” As downloaded, the name is VNC-Viewer-7.5.1-Linux-x64. It is a VNC client and works just like a Windows “portable” app. You just put it somewhere and start it (by GUI double-clicking or a command line invoke). Convenient.
You don’t have to read what follows to answer the question. Not part of the question.
I was driven to using RealVNC because the TigerVNC client (which I got when I installed TigerVNC server) misbehaved. It didn’t give me a mouse pointer and became totally unresponsive. I had to kill the process from Task Manager.
The RealVNC client, by the way, has a nice feature: proxy including SOCKS5 (File > Preferences > Proxy).
Suppose you have several computers in a LAN on the other side of the globe. You have SSH access to a host in that LAN. Then set up a “dynamic forward,” e.g.:
ssh -p 22000 -D 1081 -q firstname.lastname@example.org
22000 is the port through which the SSH server is exposed to the Internet,
1081 is the local port to be forwarded,
tom is user name at the SSH server, and
tommy.duckdns.org is your DDNS. (I lay that out in gory concreteness because when people give examples like
ssh -p portnumber -D localport user@ddnsaddress, a beginner like me cannot instantly tell whether e.g.
localportis an option name or something to be filled in.)
Anyway, after that, you can, in the RealVNC client proxy settings, enter
127.0.0.1:1081 for server, choose
SOCKS 5 for type (leave user name and password blank). Then for VNC server address, you enter the address that is local to the LAN on the other side of the globe (as if you were there).
The alternative is obviously to set up one SSH “local forward” per VNC server.