More flexible new window focus setting would be nice

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at
Fri Feb 20 10:08:11 CET 2009

On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 8:55 AM, Jarno Suni <j_suni at> wrote:
> --- On Fri, 2/20/09, Olivier Fourdan <fourdan at> wrote:
>> What you describe by the "GNOME way" is simply
>> focus stealing prevention.
> [...]
>> That was fixed since then and will be part of either RC2 or
>> final,
>> whatever comes first, and that works most likely like you
>> expect.
> Ok, I am looking forward to trying it.
> BTW, setting automatically give focus to new windows contradicts to the focus
> follows mouse policy. Focus can not follow both settings in every case.

Huh? Are you advocating for removal of that option? Really, that does
not make much sense, of course a user may want to focus newly created
windows even in focus follow mouse (I'd go as far to say that's even a
very sane default)

> I think new window raise setting would be more appropriate than new window focus
> setting. If focus follows mouse is not used, focus could be given to new window
> depending on whether new window is risen or not. Or do window manager tweaks
> concerning focus affect this? Those focus tweak settings need some mouse hover tip
> or other describing text in my opinion.

Patch welcome. Even better, there is some documentation effort that is
being discussed, contributing to the documentation would be definitely
helpful, we suck at that, big time ;)


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