X2Go Bug report logs - #1109
Print all In new window Long delays (i.e. several minutes) waiting for redraw ONLY in seamless window mode

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Reported by: Thomas Esposito <tmesposito00@gmail.com>

Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:40:01 UTC

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Subject: Bug#1109: [X2Go-Dev] Bug#1109: Print all In new window Long delays (i.e. several minutes) waiting for redraw ONLY in seamless window mode
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From: Thomas Esposito <tmesposito00@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:18:21 -0500
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Where should I be running this from? I tried this from within my existing
x2go session, but I get the following error:

_XSERVTransSocketINETCreateListener: ...SocketCreateListener() failed
_XSERVTransMakeAllCOTSServerListeners: server already running
Error: Aborting session with 'Cannot establish any listening sockets - Make
sure an X server isn't already running'.

Then I tried it from within a VNC session. I was able to run the experiment
you described, but I did not experience delays either with xcircuit or with
my problematic app.

My server is entirely headless BTW. In fact, its a RHEL 6.6 virtual machine
running on my company's VDI infrastructure.

Is there any value to giving you an xtrace dump with relative timestamps?
When I do that, and then sort the log in order of increasing timestamp
values (reported in seconds), I see BIG discontinuities where there can be
DOZENS of seconds between consecutive timestamps.

I'm still betting that the problem has to do with the volume of X protocol
messages. However, I'm not sure why this would be different in rootless vs.
virtual desktop mode (I don't see the problem in virtual desktop mode).

Are you able to reproduce the delays that I'm seeing when running xcircuit
directly within a rootless x2go session (i.e. NOT with your nxagent
experiment). The whole point of using xciruit was because I wanted to find
a FREE application that exhibits the problematic behavior, so that the
developers could more easily reproduce the behavior.

On Wed, Nov 16, 2016 at 4:42 PM, Ulrich Sibiller <ulrich.sibiller@gmail.com>

> On Thu, Oct 27, 2016 at 8:37 PM, Thomas Esposito <tmesposito00@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > Package: x2goserver
> > Version:
> > Severity: critical
> >
> > Server OS: RHEL6.6
> > Client OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
> > Server Packages: x2goserver-
> >                            x2goagent-
> >                            nxagent- (not sure if
> this
> > is a dependency)
> >                            nx-libs- (not sure if
> this
> > is a dependency)
> > Client Version:
> >
> > This only occurs when starting a terminal in seamless window mode, and
> then
> > launching the "problem" applications from that terminal. I imagine that
> I'd
> > observe the same behavior if launching the application directly when the
> > x2go session is created.
> >
> > Certain applications experience catastrophically long delays (i.e.
> > unresponsive for several minutes) during startup and even more so during
> > reconnect (after a session is suspended). In particular, this happens
> with 2
> > Synopsys EDA (Electronic Design Automation) applications that I heavily
> rely
> > on, dve and verdi. Obviously, you won't be able to test these because
> they
> > require an expensive license, but I can tell you that they are
> older-style
> > X11 applications that user X server-side font rendering and probably
> don't
> > use a lot of other modern X client-side rendering techniques.
> >
> > Luckily, I was able to find a free application that is similarly
> > unresponsive when starting up in seamless window mode, but that runs
> fine in
> > virtual desktop mode: xcircuit. This happens to be a free CAD program for
> > drawing circuit schematics. Obviously, I can't be 100% that this X11
> > application is failing in the same way as my proprietary EDA tools, but
> it
> > is something the x2go developers can look at regardless.
> >
> > http://opencircuitdesign.com/xcircuit/
> >
> > In order to diagnose the problem, I ran my applications under xtrace with
> > the '--relative-timestamps' option in order to see the kind of X11
> protocol
> > traffic that was being generated. In both cases (i.e. my Synopsys EDA
> > applications and xcircuit), there appear to be MASSIVE amounts of
> > notifications and events going from the X server to the X client. It
> seems
> > like the application's window is made up of a TON on individual rectangle
> > primitives. If I filter the log file dumped out by xtrace to just show
> > timestamps, I see HUGE jumps/discontinuities where there are several
> seconds
> > or even minutes of apparent inactivity between consecutive messages.
> > According to top, x2goagent is NOT consuming an excessive amount of CPU
> > during these period of unresponsiveness.
> >
> > I don't know much about the details of the X11 protocol, but it almost
> seems
> > as if there is some kind of message buffer overrunning somewhere causing
> > things to get out of sync, only recovering after some kind of watchdog or
> > timeout mechanism kicks in. If my theory is correct and this happens
> > repeatedly, it can add up to MINUTES of unresponsiveness. However, I'm
> not
> > sure why this would happen only in seamless window mode. Certainly, one
> > difference between seamless window mode and virtual desktop mode is that
> > when reconnecting after a suspend, seamless windows are probably going to
> > see a lot more events from the server (e.g. expose events, window
> > manipulation notifications, etc.) because of interactions with the
> locally
> > running windows which may be in a totally different state compared to
> when
> > the x2go session was suspended. In contrast, when running in a virtual
> > desktop, the applications are contained with a "box" that isolates it
> from
> > the state of the local windows on the x2go client side.
> >
> > It is important to note that, for all of the applications that exhibit
> this
> > behavior, once the application has started up (or after suffering long
> > delays during an x2go reconnect), the application is perfectly functional
> > and responsive.
> This looks like a problem of nx. Can you please try this:
> 1. run /usr/bin/nxagent -R -ac :5   (you'll see nothing)
> 2. launch the problematic application:
> export DISPLAY=:5
> /usr/bin/problematic-app
> 3. kill -HUP <pid of nxagent> (suspend session)
> 4. wait some seconds
> 5. kill -HUP <pid of nxagent> (resume session)
> Does this also show the delays? (it doesn't for me with xcircuit, but
> I seem to have
> some font trouble here. I get lots of 'Error:  font encoding file
> missing for font "Helvetica"' messages).
> Uli
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