Monday, April 18, 2011

Mouse movement is very jerky when using rdesktop

Mouse pointer movement is not smooth especially when using RDP to a remote Windows Vista or Windows 7. Disabling motion events notification using the -m switch helps but any mouse-over event won't also be triggered. It's a bit inconvenient but worth sacrificing for smooth mouse movement. However, with the -m switch, the mouse pointer will disappear. Apply the patch below to make the local cursor always appear and exclude the suppression of motion events when a mouse button is pressed (needed for drag & drop action).

patch -i rdp-path
  • To compile,
sudo apt-get install libssl-dev
sudo make install
  • To run this patched rdesktop,
/usr/local/bin/rdesktop -m -d<domain> -u<user-name> server

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