Automatic focus settings

Harold h.aling at
Fri Nov 11 17:24:07 CET 2005

I've set this option ~6 months ago but I have yet to find the first 
application that actually uses the _NET_WM_USER_TIME correctly. Almost 
the apps that I use don't use it AFAICS. Perhaps that I just don't use 
the applications that DO use that property.

Anyway, it's generally a bad idea to rely on the assumed correctness of 
other programs...

Look: I'm not a programmer, so I may have a really blurred vision of 
what might be possible or not...

I just find it hard to believe that an implementation where newly 
created processes get timestamped when created and compared to the time 
stamp of the last (user)focused window isn't possible, or maybe a fairly 
simple new feature...

Again: I don't want to sound like I know it all better than you all, I'm 
just suggesting something to expand the friendliness and usability of 


Olivier Fourdan wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-11-11 at 16:02 +0100, Harold wrote:
>>  I want to restart this discussion because it's the only thing that 
>> keeps getting me annoyed when using the best desktop environment 
>> available...
> I think it's been covered already. What you want is focus stealing
> prevention. There is a (documented) hidden option for that in xfwm4 4.2.
> Support has been improved in 4.3.
> The system, however, requires that the applications properly set the
> property _NET_WM_USER_TIME on user input. Not all applications are
> compatible with this protocol (and even among those which are
> compatible, some don't set the property accurately IMHO).
> Cheers,
> Olivier.
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