This behaviour is erratic, and very difficult to reproduce, but fairly
regular. If you have a single workspace and several viewports (I have 2x4
viewports) and exactly one window in each viewport, when switching
viewports sawfish starts to select the gnome panel instead of the only
present window. The result is that often you do something with applets that
you do not really want (such as stopping a ppp connection by pressing
RETURN). I have tried every possible focus selection combination, but this
really seems to be a problem of sawfish not noticing that it should not
give focus to the panel when switching viewports if there is another
Can you try the latest version and see if the bug is still there:
(This is an unstable/beta version, but should be basically OK. I'm using it.)
I have tried, but the problem is still there. It appears to happen more often
when you switch from a viewport containing a big app like Netscape to a viewport
containing a gnome-terminal rather than the opposite, but again since it is
rather impredicible this could be a red herring...
I forgot to mention that the problem appears both switching between viewports
with keys and switching between viewports with the mouse.
John Harper (sawfish author) says he thought he fixed it, and requested your
~/.sawfish/custom file so he can try to reproduce it with your exact setup. Can
you maybe send that to firstname.lastname@example.org? Thanks!
Forwarded upstream as http://bugzilla.eazel.com/show_bug.cgi?id=8411