Feature: fix borders for misbehaving applications

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 15:32:35 CEST 2022

On Thu, 20 Oct 2022 at 15:24, Enrico Weigelt, metux IT consult <
lkml at metux.net> wrote:

> here's yet another one of my recently implemented features:
> forcing borders/decorations around windows via window policies.
> Rationale: lots of applications deliberately break UI consistency
> and going against user's will by explicitly removing borders/
> decorations and trying to reimplement standard window manager
> functionality in their own funny ways. The most notable examples
> like MS-Teams can't be fixed the source (needless to say that those
> vendors have no intention whatsoever to fix this). Therefore, we need
> a way to bring back the user's choice, which has been requested by
> tickets since a long time.
> By using window policies (see *1) this is trivial to handle:
> the user has now the free choice to enforce the desired behavior
> in a very simple ways.
> Since this feature is based on the generic window policies feature,
> the patch is found in the window-policies queue:
> https://gitlab.xfce.org/xfce/xfwm4/-/merge_requests/55
> have fun,
> *1) https://mail.xfce.org/pipermail/xfce4-dev/2022-October/033043.html

I already explicitly expressed my disagreement on forcing decorations in
the WM against the will of the application, I did so in both the issue and
in the merge request - Duplicating discussions in the mailing list won't
help anyone.

Let's keep the existing discussions in the relevant merge requests or
issues, so that we do no not need to repeat the same things in multiple

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