Bug 1269190 - Libreport should be able to keep its window above
Summary: Libreport should be able to keep its window above
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: libreport
Version: 24
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: abrt
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
: 1271625 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2015-10-06 15:13 UTC by Martin Kolman
Modified: 2017-08-08 12:17 UTC (History)
9 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2017-08-08 12:17:19 UTC
Type: Bug

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Description Martin Kolman 2015-10-06 15:13:31 UTC
Description of problem:
Libreport is used by python-meh for graphical crash reporting in the Anaconda installation environment and by Initial Setup after the installation. This graphical environment is very simple and does not support switching between windows.

This has the side effect that if the user click outside of the libreport window while filling in bugrpoert details the window (and any user input inside it) will be lost, as it gets hidden behind the Anaconda window without any means of getting it back.

This can be prevented by libreport providing an option to show its window in a keep-above mode, so that it can't loose focus, which in turn prevents the data loss due to the hidden window.

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start installation in the graphical mode
2. trigger an exception[0]
3. select the option to report a bug to bugzilla
4. once the libreport window shows up click outside of it

Actual results:
The window vanishes (it gets hidden behind the Anaconda window) and there is no way to get it back.

Expected results:
Clicking outside of the window does nothing, the libreport window keeps focus until terminated.

Additional info:
The Connection Editor utility, which is also used in a similar way in Anaconda and Initial Setup, has recently implemented this functionality to prevent similar issues with loosing user entered data.

This has been implemented by adding a --keep-above flag top the CLI API Anaconda uses the launch Connection Editor, which internally triggers the gtk_window_set_keep_above[0] call.

As libreport is used via the Python API by python-meh in the Anaconda/IS environment the API should proabably be extended so that the keep-above mode can be requested for the libreport window.

[0] https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA:Testcase_Anaconda_save_traceback_to_bugzilla
[1] https://developer.gnome.org/gtk3/stable/GtkWindow.html#gtk-window-set-keep-above

Comment 1 Vojtech Trefny 2015-10-14 13:09:44 UTC
*** Bug 1271625 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 2 Kamil Páral 2015-10-14 14:38:35 UTC
Martin, can't you use wmctrl from anaconda environment to set correct window flags on arbitrary windows, without the need for each to implement this?

Comment 3 Martin Kolman 2015-10-23 16:57:24 UTC
(In reply to Kamil Páral from comment #2)
> Martin, can't you use wmctrl from anaconda environment to set correct window
> flags on arbitrary windows, without the need for each to implement this?

We have investigated this with vtrefny and it looks like wmctrl won't do:
* it seems to only work with Metacity
- we currently do use Metacity on our installation images, but live images can & do use different WMs
- Initial Setup runs after installation and often also runs under different WM than Metacity
* it only works with X
- this could be an issue when Wayland is the default
* upstream looks pretty dead (latest version is from 10th October 2005)
* the window is spawned from an imported module, not by calling a binary so there might be issues to differentiate the libreport window from the Anaconda ones

On the other hand the suggested solution (calling gtk_window_set_keep_above from libreport) is already known to work fine all the environments where Anaconda and Initial Setup is expected to be running.

It is also a part of the GTK public API, so we can expect it should work in the same way also on Wayland.

Comment 5 Jan Kurik 2016-02-24 15:36:48 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 24 development cycle.
Changing version to '24'.

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