Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 344471
mouse and keyboard activity in rdesktop no resetting screensaver timeout
Last modified: 2008-06-16 22:42:30 EDT
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Description of problem:
While a running rdesktop to another machine has focus (e.g. full-screen is very normal usage), keyboard and mouse events do not reset the X screensaver timeout, and the screensaver kicks in even though you are active.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1.set screensaver low (say 12 minute)
2.full-screen rdesktop to another machine
3.type away for > timeout time
screensaver kicks in incorrectly.
User activity should be resetting the screensaver timeout. There should be no means available for the application (rdesktop in this case) to bypass this timer reset.
After the screensaver kicks in, most keyboard activity or mouse movement will NOT bring up an unlock pane. You're stuck. If you are doing something time-critical at the time, you have a serious problem.
Workaround 1: three-finger salute (CTRL-ALT-DEL) will bring bring up the unlock pane. You may then unlock the X display an continue working. I don't think any other key sequences are usable. If you are trying to pass through this key sequence at the time, you may be in trouble.
Workaround 2: Disable X screensaver before using rdesktop. Very messy.
Well, actually I don't use rdesktop and I don't how how rdesktop
Jamie, it seems that you once tried to deal with this issue
according to Changelog of 4.16.
Changes since 4.15:
* Possibly-futile attempt to work around "rdesktop"
It's hopeless. I consider it a bug in rdesktop, but you could as easily consider it a design flaw in X itself.
There is, as far as I can tell, no way to fix it.
Well, for now I keep this open, not knowing when to close...
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