Description of problem:
rdesktop session freezes when using sound.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Within a NoMachine environment, rdesktop is invoked with "-r sound:local". This
frequently results in loads of "Bad file descriptor" messages, and the RDP
session freezes and needs to be terminated with Ctrl-C. For a NoMachine setup
accessing Windows terminal servers, this is absolutely critical. But I doubt if
this is specific for NoMachine.
Steps to Reproduce:
1. run "rdesktop -r sound:local <wts_name>"
2. shuffle some data
loads of "Bad file descriptor" messages, session freezes, needs to be Ctrl-C'd.
No such messages, no freeze.
WTS was Windows XP SP2.
This appears to be a known rdesktop problem (see for example
I get it on Ubuntu 7.10 as well, package rdesktop-1.5.0-2). Maybe Red Hat can
help fixing it.
I complained about this in Fedora 7, and even submitted a patch based on the reading I did and the patches others created.....
Even if my patch is no good, others have written patches as well. Links from the bug. My advice is to adjust the source yourself and rebuild the rpm.
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