Summary: sun camera

From: David Stern (
Date: Thu Jul 10 1997 - 11:35:35 CDT

The original question related to running a camera on a sparc.

Aside from the obvious (install video card and camera, boot -r) you need
to install the following packages if you don't already have them:


Motion pictures will then immediately run using

To snapshot jpegs, you'll need to compile the source in

(This assumes you have a C compiler.) Your path and LD_LIBRARY_PATH will need
to include at least:

PATH /usr/ccs/bin /usr/etc /usr/dt/bin /usr/openwin/bin /usr/openwin/bin/xview \
   /usr/bin /bin /usr/sbin /usr/ucb /usr/openwin/share/include

 LD_LIBRARY_PATH /usr/dt/lib:/usr/X11R5/lib:/usr/openwin/lib:/usr/lib

To make snapshots, use the command:

rtvc_capture_movie -f 1 -C Jpeg -o /tmp/something.$$.jpg

Finally, the camera device can/must only be owned by whomever starts X.
Thus if I start openwin/motif/twm

/devices/iommu@f,e0000000/sbus@f,e0001000/SUNW,rtvc@3.... will take on
my ownership and only I can use it. To make it available to others, just
chmod 777 on these devices. And, of course this needs to be done every
time you startup X. Alternatively you could run rtvc_capture_movie from
a program with SUID....

Special thanks to Anthony Worrall <>

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