I am constantly troubled by various gnome and linux shortcuts propagating through while I'm in remote desktop on ubuntu.

Some of it I know I can disable in gnome control panel, but I'm also troubled by the stuff like Ctrl-Alt-F keys (which I do not thinks is gnome)

Is there any way to disable all of these shortcuts, preferably only while the application has focus/is running?

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Just like the previous posters, I'm not sure what you mean.

My situation: using rdesktop from Linux to take over a Windows laptop. Using Alt-F4 closed rdesktop instead of the Windows window. After some googling, I added the rdesktop cmd-line switch -G which solved that issue.

If your issue is similar - you might need to add the -G flag also.


Hrm... I can't reply via another comment because my reply was too long. This seems to me a bad design, as it disrupts the "reply" threads. Oh, well...

Anyways, Ctrl-alt-F1/F2/F3/F4 etc. are captured at a VERY low level; outside X-Windows and Gnome altogether. While there are many explanations of these keys and how they work, this one seems quite readable: http://linux.about.com/od/linux101/l/blnewbie5_1.htm

While I can see the value in begin able to pass these keystrokes through, I also see the importance of ensuring they always work locally. If there IS a way to do this, it would have to be implemented on your client RDP program - i.e. when app has "focus", disabling all the Ctrl-Alt-F{n} keys and forwarding those to the remote machine, and when the app loses "focus" restoring all the Ctrl-Alt-F{n} mappings so they work properly for all other applications and from the Xwindow system itself.

Dunno how that might work at the moment; I'll keep my eyes open for solutions and let you know if I find one.

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