Why the busy mouse cursor is not showing in VNC session ?

Solution In Progress - Updated -


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • tigervnc-server-1.1.0-16.el6.x86_64


  • When starting an application in GNOME (i.e. Firefox), the mouse pointer should turn in a spinning icon (animated).
  • However in stead of this animated pointer, there is no pointer shown at all.
  • tigervnc-server not displaying animated cursor.
  • Unable to see waiting cursor state if any process progress running.


  • A request to resolve this issue is filed and it's being tracked in following RedHat Bugzilla : 1212460


  • Downgrade tigervnc-server to tigervnc-server-1.0.90-0.17.20110314svn4359.el6.x86_64.

Diagnostic Steps

  • Below are the steps to reproduce the issue:
  • On RHEL6.6 system install tigervnc-server-1.1.0-16.el6.x86_64.
  • As a user start a vncserver:
  $ vncserver
  • Connect to the VNC session with a client.
  • Start Firefox from the GNOME panel.
  • Watch the mouse pointer disappear until Firefox has started (if the VNC client option "Show dot when no cursor" is set, a square dot will be shown)
  • Component
  • vnc

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