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

Severity: critical

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Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2016 14:37:42 -0400
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Subject: Print all In new window Long delays (i.e. several minutes) waiting
 for redraw ONLY in seamless window mode
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Package: x2goserver
Severity: critical

Server OS: RHEL6.6
Client OS: Windows 7 SP1 64-bit
Server Packages: x2goserver-
                           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

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.


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.
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