I install synergy on my ubuntu computer to use as server (kbd and mouse are plugged into it). I install synergy on winPC to use as client. Everything is great until I need to reboot winPC (as is so common with those win PC's). Now synergy says

WARNING: failed to connect to server: server already has a connected client with our name.

If I quit synergy on the ubuntu machine and reopen it this error does not go away. I have two solutions. One: rename the windows computer and reboot it (unacceptable). Two: Reboot ubuntu computer (completely unacceptable).

Why is synergy persisting a dead connection even after I close and reopen it? px ax | grep synergy only returns the running grep. How do I fix this without rebooting either computer? Is synergy hiding under some other name, or does it leave files laying around I can delete?

  • Have you resolved your question? – pl1nk Jun 25 '12 at 16:07
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    I'm not sure. I'll play around with it more and try to accept an answer. I've just been being real careful about trying not to reboot anything. – Mikey Jun 25 '12 at 21:04

I was having the same issue with server running on Fedora 16 and client on Windows 7. I finally found that the problem was that although I was stopping the client application from the PC toolbar there were actually client processes still running which were consequently keeping a connection open with the PC's name.

I killed in task manager restarted and that solved my problem.


have you tried ps -ef | grep synergy instead

  • Doesn't list anything different. – Mikey Mar 19 '12 at 19:22

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