Trouble with the xwin and ms remote desktop

Matta, Sunil
Wed Jul 29 15:54:00 GMT 2009

Sorry forgot to mention the cygwin versions :

CYGWIN_NT-5.1 ...  1.5.22(0.156/4/2) 2006-11-13 17:01 i686 Cygwin

Xwin : Release: (20090222)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matta, Sunil 
> Sent: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 9:45 AM
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> Subject: Trouble with the xwin and ms remote desktop
> I have been running Xwin on xp pro for a week along with 
> xterms and emacs on my desktop. 
> I then tried to remote connect (ms remote desktop: mstsc.exe) 
> to the desktop from a laptop across the internet.
> 1) As soon as I had connected to my desktop (which was 
> running xwin), the xserver crashed. I could see the rest of 
> the ms xp apps on the remote screen though.
> The laptop has a 14" screen whereas the desktop has twin 19" screens.
> I then re-started the xserver from the remote laptop while 
> connecting to the desktop, which seemed to be working fine as 
> long as I stayed on the laptop.
> 2) When I got back to my desktop, the xserver still thought 
> that the laptop's screen was in use, and wouldnt display 
> correctly past the top two thirds of screen 0.
> I guess this makes sense since the xserver knew of the 
> smaller screen size when it was started during the remote session.
> Consequently, anything on the bottom of the screen would not 
> draw at all, or refresh properly.
> i.e. if I had an xterm on the lower end of the monitor, it 
> would not accept any key strokes until I moved the xterm to 
> the top two-thirds of the screen.
> Is there any way to request Xwin.exe to dynamically "resize" 
> itself rather than bouncing the xserver a specific 
> size/resolution profile ??
> Otherwise, I might have to bounce the xserver every time i 
> alternate between the desktop and the laptop.
> Thanks,
> Sunil Matta

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