X2Go Bug report logs - #775
desktop sharing full screen usability issues

Package: x2goclient; Maintainer for x2goclient is X2Go Developers <x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org>; Source for x2goclient is src:x2goclient.

Reported by: Samo Dadela <samo_dadela@hotmail.com>

Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:55:02 UTC

Severity: normal

Tags: build-win32

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Bug#775; Package x2goclient (windows 7 x86). (Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:55:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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From: Samo Dadela <samo_dadela@hotmail.com>
To: "submit@bugs.x2go.org" <submit@bugs.x2go.org>
Subject: desktop sharing full screen usability issues
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 10:45:29 +0000
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Package: x2goclient (Windows 7 x86)
Version: 4.0.3.0
[ Server: FC21 x64 ]


Hi, 

Found x2go recently as an alternative to NoMachine NX (which is not usable for programming since jpg compression makes terminal windows unusable... and there are other issues like random hangups, etc). 

My use case is as follows: 
- connect to the existing desktop session in full screen (aka desktop sharing in x2go)
- need grab keyboard when connected (example: alt-tab must switch between windows in the session, not between Windows on the client, ctrl-alt-left must switch to another desktop on the server, etc..)
- be able to enter/exit fullscreen mode somehow - by using a hotkey, for example
- be able to see the mouse cursor

In other words... behave as though I was connected to the real desktop on the server.

What I tried:

1) Specifying fullscreen in the Session preferences
What happens: 
- I get a full screen windows, 
- there is no mouse cursor (the mouse works - I see the windows receiving focus)
- When using alt-tab it switches between windows on the client (other combinations are also intercepted by Windows, not the desktop)

2) To make alt-tab work, I tried the instruction at http://www.terheyden.com/blog/?p=202 - (x2go client - getting Alt+Tab to work) by specifying -rootless and -keyhook (don't forget to change the path to VcXsrv.exe otherwise you can't use x2go client anymore without deleting the registry keys; this is an already know bug).
What happens:
- alt-tab works, other keys work (like ctrl-alt-left to switch desktops)
- still no mouse cursor (even tried -swcursor but it doesn't help)
- can't enter/exit full screen... it seems that the combinations ctrl-alt-f are now passed to the server 

3) BTW, tried pyhoca too - but it complains that it needs server 4.1 for desktop sharing ;(

Maybe the above (apart from the mouse cursor) are not bugs but just the way things work...

What I would like:
- changing x2goclient on Windows so that such functionality can be achieved by a few mouse clicks (add a grab keyboard option, define 'exit x2go' hotkey,...)
or... if this is too much work
- some instruction on how to achieve the functionality mentioned above (add it to the FAQ?)

Next I saw some post claiming success using Xming... I'll give that a shot, but wouldn't it be better if x2go handled it by itself?

Best regards, 

Samo

 		 	   		  
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Bug#775; Package x2goclient (windows 7 x86). (Mon, 02 Feb 2015 09:50:03 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Acknowledgement sent to Samo Dadela <samo_dadela@hotmail.com>:
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Message #10 received at 775@bugs.x2go.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Samo Dadela <samo_dadela@hotmail.com>
To: "775@bugs.x2go.org" <775@bugs.x2go.org>
Subject: additional info
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 09:39:03 +0000
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tried Xming... works a bit better (ctrl-alt-left works), but alt-tab has still problems... 
sometimes it works, but it must be pressed very quickly, if it's held too long then I get thrown back to windows... weird.

so it seems more a problem with the X servers and/or their configuration by x2go.

Samo


 		 	   		  
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Acknowledgement sent to Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com>:
Extra info received and filed, but not forwarded. (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Message #13 received at 775-quiet@bugs.x2go.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com>
To: 775-quiet@bugs.x2go.org
Subject: fix details
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 08:58:42 -0500
Control: reassign -1 x2goclient
Control: tag -1 build-win32


Bug reassigned from package 'x2goclient (windows 7 x86)' to 'x2goclient'. Request was from Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com> to 775-quiet@bugs.x2go.org. (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


No longer marked as found in versions 4.0.3.0. Request was from Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com> to 775-quiet@bugs.x2go.org. (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Added tag(s) build-win32. Request was from Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com> to 775-quiet@bugs.x2go.org. (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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Bug#775; Package x2goclient. (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:20:01 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Acknowledgement sent to Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com>:
Extra info received and forwarded to list. Copy sent to X2Go Developers <x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org>. (Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:20:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


Message #24 received at 775@bugs.x2go.org (full text, mbox, reply):

From: Michael DePaulo <mikedep333@gmail.com>
To: 775@bugs.x2go.org
Subject: About X servers
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:15:12 -0500
Hi Samo,

Sorry to hear that you are running into these issues.

The situation with X2Go Client for Windows and X servers is this:
We support using an external X server, but we both bundle and maintain
VcXsrv on a 1.15.2.x branch.[1] We intend to make any source code
changes necessary to VcXsrv to fix integration issues with X2Go. In
fact, we already made one X2Go integration change (bug #594,
winmultiwindow.patch).

However, those changes are slow to be made because we have few
developers who spend pro bono time maintaining X2Go Client for
Windows. Patches are welcome. These bugs/issues can also be fixed on
contract.

So in conclusion, we do intend to fix these issues, regardless of what
piece of software is at fault. However, we cannot give an ETA.

-Mike#2

[1] The VcXsrv 1.15.x branch we are maintaining is here:
https://sourceforge.net/u/mikedep333/vcxsrv/ci/xp-1.15.2.x-x2gochanges/tree/
We may rebase to a newer VcXsrv branch soon.


Information forwarded to x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org, X2Go Developers <x2go-dev@lists.x2go.org>:
Bug#775; Package x2goclient. (Wed, 05 Oct 2016 07:05:02 GMT) (full text, mbox, link).


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