[virt-tools-list] Copy/paste problems in SPICE session (remote-viewer)

Colin Coe colin.coe at gmail.com
Thu Mar 6 00:26:55 UTC 2014

Hi all

I'm trying to track down a copy/paste problem our users experience
with SPICE sessions from RHEV.

The problem is well documented in GSS case 01038719.

I see this problem daily on my Fedora 20 (x86_64) client connecting to
Windows 7 (32 and 64bit) guests.

We have a few Windows client users ATM and I haven't heard much from
them with this problem, however our Windows user base is going to
triple soon (around June) and I'm keen to have this resolved well
before that.

In a nutshell, remote-viewer hangs after copy/paste operations in the
guest.  This can be entirely within the guest (i.e. copy text between
applications such as Eclipse and Toad for Oracle) or copying text from
the client to the guest.  Sometimes the problem is triggered after a
handful (less than 10) copy pastes, sometimes the problem is not
exposed after even 20 or 30 copy pastes.

I have re-produced the problem on RHEL6, RHEL7 beta and Fedora 20.
virt-viewer 0.5.6, 0.5.7 and 0.6.0.

Note that I have tried and failed to expose the problem with my Fedora
client connecting to a RHEL6 guest running the Gnome desktop.  I used
gedit and did approx 70 copy/paste operations with any problems.

Once the problem is exposed, the remote-viewer window can not be
closed by clicking the 'X' (close) button on the top right hand
corner.  It can only be closed by killing the process (TERM is

Are the devs aware of this problem?  What can I do to assist in
tracking this down?




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