Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 1286771
Primary display setting being ignored
Last modified: 2016-12-20 11:26:17 EST
When connecting an external display to a laptop equipped with nvidia GTX660M GPU, the "Primary Display" setting within the Display Configuration is being ignored.
I move my laptop between home and office, where I have a different external display at each location, but the system is not always connected to the external displays. I leave the displays disabled in System Settings when I disconnect them to avoid the associated crash in plasmashell.
I have the "Primary Display" set to the Laptop Display in all cases, but when an external display is attached and then enabled, all open windows move to the external display. If I take the time to move the windows back to the laptop where I want them, they are then moved off-screen when the external display is disabled or removed, apparently moved as an offset of the total screen area.
When I connect the external display with the laptop display designated as the primary, absolutely nothing should happen other than the placement of the panel and the wallpaper - no windows should move. When an external display is removed or disabled, the only windows that should move are the ones that were on the now non-existent external display, no windows on the primary laptop display should move.
Window placement is managed by KWin, not by KScreen. I would assume that KWin remembers where the windows were originally opened and tends to move then back to the original screen once it's available. In any case, I'd recommend bringing this issue up with kwin upstream.
Windows however should never been moved off-screen. Could you please reproduce this (i.e. disconnecting the external display), running
QT_LOGGING_RULES="* = true" kscreen-console bug
and attaching the output here? If the display is not correctly turned off, then it's a KScreen bug, otherwise it's an issue in KWin again.
I would also recommend trying with 5.4.90 or .95 (beta for upcoming 5.5 release, available in @kdesig/plasma-5-unstable Copr), there were plethoras of bugfixes in kwin in 5.5, maybe your issue was fixed as well.
Created attachment 1101895 [details]
Requested log from from enable display
This log is from a konsole session where plasmashell had been started manually. This is the snippet from the time I entered the QT_LOGGING_RULES to when the external display was active and all the windows moved to it.
Created attachment 1101896 [details]
Requested log from disable display
This log is from a konsole session where plasmashell had been started manually and contains the plasmashell stdout. This is the portion of the output from when I disabled the external display and all the windows moved back to the laptop.
An interesting development cropped up today. This only happens when the displays are positioned vertically - not horizontally. In other words, when the Laptop display is centered under the external display, all of the windows move to the external display. When I position them side by side, it works as intended.
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