You're not gonna believe this one...
If I open "calc" over rdesktop my whole Linux box
freezes. The mouse cursor can be moved around the
screen but I can't click on anything. The keyboard is
completely unresponsive (num lock doesn't even toggle
the LED). The problem occurs whether the window is
full screen or not. When it is not full screen parts
of the Gnome desktop are visible (obviously) but not
responsive either. Rebooting is the only option.
I'm running Fedora Core 4 (kernel-2.6.13-1.1532_FC4),
rdesktop-1.4.0-2, connecting to Windows XP (without SP2
I think) over VPN ("Cisco Systems VPN Client Version
There are other applications that cause the problem. I
have seen it happen twice with the task manager and
once with Excel, but it's extremely (always?)
reproducible using calc -- all I have to do is open it
and I'm hosed. Only half the buttons get drawn, I
think some show up as buttons with no label. I saw it
happen with a dialog in another application (Rational
Rose 2003) and the cancel button was the same way --
outlined but no text -- whereas the OK button was drawn
As far as I can tell the problem just started happening
one day, it wasn't after I installed or upgraded any
software on my Linux box. I had been using it just
fine for months. IT is in charge of my XP box so who
knows what happened there...
The command I'm using is:
rdesktop -u myNtUserId -a 16 -f myPC.myCompany.com
Once I reboot, relogin to Linux, reVPN, and
re-rdesktop, I can usually close the offending
application and get away with another half hour of work
before it bites me again.
Please tell me what to do! I'm going to try
downloading and compiling source for 1.4.1 and if that
doesn't work (and I get sufficiently frustrated) I'll
By the way, it's an excellent application, worked
wonderfully for a long time.