Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 450944
Holding down a keyboard key does not repeat the character when using free Windows VNC viewer
Last modified: 2013-04-30 19:40:19 EDT
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Description of problem:
I use the free VNC viewer from www.realvnc.com on Windows XP to access some Fedora machines. The VNC client version is 4.1.2, the latest available but unchanged since May 2006. If I access a Fedora 9 system using this client, keyboard repeating doesn't work. That is, if I open, say, a konsole window and press and hold a keyboard key when focus is in this window, it does not repeat the keystroke on the konsole window. The same effect occurs for all input fields. For example, the URL text entry field in Firefox or a gnome-console window behaves the same. It occurs both when using Gnome and KDE as the window manager. I start vncserver on Fedora 9 in the normal way, as a service, with configuration info in /etc/sysconfig/vncservers.
I've tried messing with various client settings such as whether to pass special keys or using full screen mode, but I've found none that change this.
If I access a Fedora 8 system using this client, key repetition works fine. Similarly, if I using the Fedora 8 vncviewer program to access the Fedora 9 system, key repetition works fine.
I know this test makes it sound like the bug is in the Windows VNC client, but the fact that it works for a Fedora 8 VNC server suggests that some unwanted change occurred in the Fedora 9 version of vncserver.
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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Use the free VNC client from RealVNC on Windows XP to access a Fedora 9 system.
2. Open gnome-terminal or any other gui application that accepts keyboard input.
3. Press and hold a key on the keyboard.
The entered character is not repeated in the text entry field.
The entered character should have been repeated in the text entry field.
I rated this bug as having medium severity, but since my primary method of accessing my Linux machines is via VNC from Windows XP, this bug is preventing me from upgrading any of my machines to Fedora 9.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 450033 ***