Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 436454
RFE patch to swap rdesktop mouse buttons
Last modified: 2017-03-15 14:39:40 EDT
Description of problem:
Attached is an adapted patch from the rdesktop SourceForge site to permit the
use of the "-l" argument to reverse mouse buttons. (I guess it's -l as in
left-handed.) This is to work around a problem where I have configured a
left-handed mouse on a remote desktop (to match a left-handed mouse on a local
Windows XP workstation). The problem arises because the Windows remote desktop
and the Linux rdesktop work differently when it comes to propagating mouse
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Set a left-handed mouse on a remote desktop.
2. rdesktop to that remote desktop
Mouse buttons are reversed - If you have a left-handed mouse locally, the remote
mouse is right-handed. If you have a right-handed mouse locally, the remote
mouse is left-handed.
If a local mouse is right-handed, the remote mouse should work the same, etc.
OR I should be able to tell rdesktop that I want to swap mouse buttons (which is
what this patch does).
I have adapted the patch by un-reversing it.
I suppose the man page should include information about the -l argument if this
patch is adapted. Perhaps the following would be sufficient:
-l Swap mouse buttons. Useful if you have configured a left-handed mouse
on the remote system.
More information available at
Since we're already pretty well into the F9 cycle, maybe we can get upstream to
include it before we start on F10. But the patch is already more than a year
old, so maybe they are trying to come up with a better solution.
Created attachment 297167 [details]
Adapted patch to permit the use of -l to swap mouse buttions
Created attachment 305926 [details]
Mouse button switching patch adapted for rdesktop-1.6.0
rdesktop-1.6.0 does a good job of matching mouse button behaviour of the
Microsoft Remote Desktop, but we can do better than Microsoft. I have
- Fedora 8 with a left-handed mouse,
- Windows XP with a left-handed mouse and
- Fedora 9 with a right-handed mouse.
With rdesktop-1.6.0, the left-handed desktops work the same, but when I use
rdesktop-1.6.0 from the right-handed Fedora 9 desktop, my remote desktop works
as if I have a left-handed mouse. (This is because I have set up my
preferences on the remote server to accommodate my Windows XP workstation.) My
fingers get confused :-).
As with my previous patch, I didn't include a patch for the man page
documenting the "-l" parameter getting added. I can work on that if someone
shows an interest in this RFE.
Created attachment 305931 [details]
The same as the previous patch with an update to the man page, too
It wasn't very hard to include additional text for the man page. I hope the
text is acceptable.
This patch adds a new commandline option. Before accepting such a thing, we need to be very sure that upstream will take the same route, otherwise we are doomed to support this extra option forever...
I agree. Feel free to sit on this or close it. I'll sign up for yet another upstream user ID and submit it there.
This package has changed ownership in the Fedora Package Database. Reassigning to the new owner of this component.
This needs to go upstream. closing out.