[xmonad] odd interaction between xmonad and tsclient

Daniel Schoepe asgaroth_ at gmx.de
Tue Feb 17 14:29:40 EST 2009

David Cabana wrote:
> I sometimes use tsclient/rdesktop to connect to a Windows box.  I find
> that once focus is inside the remote Windows desktop, any xmonad
> command depending on the use of the mode key (the Windows key, in my
> case) fails.  The key press of the Windows key seems to go to the
> remote Windows box rather than to the local X system.  I say this
> because pressing the Windows key immediately pops up the Windows start
> menu.
> I happen to run the gnome panel with a workspace switcher, and so can
> use it and the mouse to break out of the remote Windows session, but
> that seems inelegant.  Has anyone else encountered this problem, or
> have a solution for it?

I suspect that tsclient is grabbing all keyboard input and thus, no key
comes through to xmonad(It's the same for me with VirtualBox). Normally
these applications have some kind of escape key sequence/combination to
toggle the input grabbing.

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