gnome-screensaver sometimes freezes the desktop session when rdesktop is running

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • gnome-screensaver sometimes results in the desktop session being frozen when one tries to lock the screen. It happens only when rdesktop is running
  • Steps to reproduce the problem:

    • Start a rdesktop session to the windows machine and log in there
    • Click on System -> Lock Screen and do not move the mouse after the click

    • The gnome-screensaver doesn't start up and the gnome session is frozen


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  • Gnome Desktop Environment
  • rdesktop
  • gnome-screensaver

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