Diverse issues with r22526

Rodrigo Coacci rcoacci at gmail.com
Tue Jul 25 19:30:51 CEST 2006

Well, I'm using the nvidia (non-OSS) driver, and have compositing disabled
in X, so (if our problems are all related) it doesn't seem to have anything
to do with compositing, at least not with nvidia....

On 7/25/06, Brian J. Tarricone <bjt23 at cornell.edu> wrote:
> Hash: RIPEMD160
> Nikolas Arend wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > my apologies in advance, but this is going to be a rather fuzzy report
> > about some issues I have with revision 22526 (which is why I didn't file
> > a bug report yet), because I can't tell which component is causing the
> > problems. I have a suspect though...
> > Sometimes (well, rather often, but not always) when I try to change
> > Desktops via a keyboard shortcut, this will only work once (i.e. one
> > Desktop further). Then I'm unable to get any keyboard focus by clicking
> > in applications, Alt-Tab stops working,... actually all keyboard action.
> > Another side-effect is then that the panel would stop working correctly,
> > in my case it will not hide again and when trying to open the submenu of
> > a launcher, the arrow-button gets stuck. I have to kill the panel to get
> > autohide and normal functionality back.
> > I can regain input focus for all applications, shortcuts, etc. by
> > launching an application from the panel (e.g. Terminal or Thunar), which
> > is then focused again correctly. No component is crashing actually,
> > hence no backtrace.
> >
> > I have the impression that the aforementioned behavior gets triggered
> > either by maximizing a window and/or switching desktops. Could this be
> > an issue with xfwm4's maximizing/focusing code? I noticed some recent
> > changes (e.g. the window boarders are not shown any more for maximized
> > windows).
> >
> > Sorry I can't be more specific, please tell me what other information
> > you need.
> I'm experiencing something similar on my laptop, but not on my desktop.
> I was starting to assume it was occurring because of my x.org 7.1
> upgrade this past week, but I feel like I've seen this on a rare
> occasion before that (on x.org 7.0, but also only on my laptop).
> In my case, I can't figure out an exact trigger, and the results are not
> always the same.  The one thing that does seem to happen all the time is
> that one window - whether it's a terminal, or thunderbird or whatever -
> will get focus and I can't focus any other windows, using mouse or
> keyboard.  Alt+tab stops working.  Sometimes the workspace-switching
> keyboard shortcuts still work, sometimes not.
> If alt+ctrl+F# still works (sometimes), I can go out to console and
> restart xfwm4, which, oddly, doesn't *always* fix the problem.
> One thing I tried doing was to disable xfwm4's compositor (just from the
> WM tweaks settings panel), and I haven't seen the problem since.
> However, enough time hasn't necessarily passed yet, so I'm not 100% sure
> I'm in the clear.  In this case, I'm using the OSS nv driver, so we
> can't blame it on nvidia this time.
>         -brian
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