How to release mouse pointer in virt-manager running inside VNC client on Mac OS X

My setup consists of Mac OS X system that runs RealVNC client to connect to Ubuntu Server machine, a KVM host, via VNC.

When working in a guest VM console over VNC you may end up clicking into the black area. Which grabs and locks your mouse pointer.

Actually, you don’t have to click the VM console screen area, if all you want to do is type in something. However, if you must use mouse to click something inside the terminal view it’s going to get locked.

To release your mouse pointer, normally you’d press Ctrl_L+Alt_L, as it is stated in the window title.

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However, it doesn’t work on Mac. Instead you need to use:

Ctrl_L+Command_L

PS: Interestingly, it is one of the top posts on this blog. I find it ironic. Apparently, way too many people run into this problem. If you’re one of them let me know in the comments section down below.

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GnuCash: Editing Currency Exchange Rate

GnuCash can deal with multiple currencies. However, its behavior when setting currency exchange rates is somewhat obscure and had me spend literally hours to figure out how to get it under control a couple of times.

The use case. Account A is in USD currency, account B is in UAH currency. You need to transfer funds from A to B, which involves currency exchange rate.

When you do this the very first time, you enter Description of the transaction, specify the account B to transfer funds to, and key in Debit/Withdraw value of say 150USD and then hit Enter key, GnuCash then will present you with an exchange rate editor window where you should be able to enter the exchange rate for this transaction.

As it often happens, many transactions are repetitive, and luckily GnuCash helps making these records fast by offering you a history autocompletion function, much like one found in LibreOffice and Bash/Linux/UNIX terminal.

So, typically a user would quickly create another new record in a ledger for account A, specify a different amount of Debit/Withdrawal this time and find out that the resulting value in account B is wrong.

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