Bug 371161 - metacity-firefox-workaround-2.patch breaks pidgin behaviour
Summary: metacity-firefox-workaround-2.patch breaks pidgin behaviour
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: metacity
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Colin Walters
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
URL: http://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cg...
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-11-08 13:53 UTC by Adrian Reber
Modified: 2009-07-15 09:52 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 18:25:14 UTC

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Description Adrian Reber 2007-11-08 13:53:02 UTC
Description of problem:

With this patch (metacity-firefox-workaround-2.patch) the used behaviour of
pidgin when clicking on the tray icon changed/broke.

Up until this patch it was possible to click on the tray icon of pidgin and no
matter on which workspace this is done the buddy list appears on that workspace.

Now if clicking the tray icon the buddy list just disappears on the workspace it
is displayed and clicking it again lets it appear on the other workspace.

From my point of view this is a regression in the usability of my usage of the
whole desktop.

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Comment 1 Pedro Silva 2007-11-11 11:25:59 UTC
I confirm this behaviour and also think this is a regression.

Comment 2 Yanko Kaneti 2007-11-11 11:48:30 UTC
Same thing with liferea and its behavior on clicking the notification icon.

Comment 3 Matthias Clasen 2007-11-11 20:56:07 UTC
CCing Colin, who did that patch

Comment 4 Colin Walters 2007-11-12 17:28:37 UTC
What's happening here is that the Pidgin buddy list feels very similar to a menu
popup, but is actually implemented as a regular window.  Pidgin seems to be one
of the few applications where the application relied on the behavior of
gtk_window_present() bringing windows to the current workspace.

On Compiz it seems to have the same behavior, which is interesting, because
before Compiz and Metacity differed on the gtk_window_present(), so there must
be some Pidgin-specific differentiation occuring somehow.

Anyways, since the Firefox patch was removed before Fedora 8, there isn't much
point to having this patch in Fedora 8 either.  I will remove it and add an update.

We will figure out how to fix Firefox and Metacity together for Fedora 9, and
update them in sync.

Comment 5 Elijah Newren 2007-11-13 05:41:37 UTC
This sounds like pidgin is trying to use _NET_ACTIVE_WINDOW as a hack to
simulate "launching" the buddy window?  It could just launch it and then we know
to move it to the right workspace...

Comment 6 Etan Reisner 2008-04-16 17:43:10 UTC
For the record pidgin has no policy decisions on what should or shouldn't 
happen when the use clicks the tray icon. All pidgin wants is that the buddy 
list window be presented to the user as such using gtk_window_present is the 
correct thing for us to be doing. Any policy decisions on what that means for 
pidgin are squarely in the realm of the window manager, desktop environment, 
and user preference. So again, pidgin itself relies on no specific behaviour 
out of gtk_window_present other than that of 'presenting the window to the 

Comment 7 Bug Zapper 2008-05-14 03:51:43 UTC
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
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Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 18:25:14 UTC
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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