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Known Issues When Hiding the Remote Cursor

When the local cursor and keyboard feature is enabled, users must configure the Visible Cursor(s) option. When this option is set to Local, the host software hides the remote cursor. Some problems users may observe when the remote cursor is hidden include:

  • Animated cursors are not supported on some Linux distributions. The client displays an arrow cursor shape with an L in it when an animated cursor is active.
  • Invisible cursor shapes are not supported on some Linux distributions. The client displays an arrow cursor shape with a L when an invisible cursor is active. On some systems an invisible cursor is used when users type text in a terminal.
  • Workstations with multiple monitors that enable Xinerama, see that the host cursor is not hidden when the cursor shape changes on monitors other than the primary monitor. The primary monitor is the monitor whose origin is located at position (0, 0). The host cursor remains visible until the cursor shape changes again on the primary monitor.
  • The host software hides the remote cursor using API found in version 4 or later of the XFixes package. The host software cannot hide the host cursor if version 4 or later of this package is not installed. The host software checks if the correct package is installed. If the correct package is not installed, the Local option is not included in the list of available Visible Cursor(s).