Bug 373561 - erratic mouse activity breaks focus follows mouse under VMware
Summary: erratic mouse activity breaks focus follows mouse under VMware
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: xorg-x11-drv-vmmouse
Version: 8
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: X/OpenGL Maintenance List
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2007-11-09 19:37 UTC by Jeff Bastian
Modified: 2007-11-30 22:12 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-11-09 20:59:54 UTC

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Description Jeff Bastian 2007-11-09 19:37:05 UTC
Description of problem:
There seems to be some kind of erratic and invisible mouse activity under VMware
with Fedora 8.  If I have two or more windows open, and I'm using
focus-follows-mouse, I can sit back and not touch the mouse or keyboard and
watch the focus jump between windows every 10-15 seconds.  This happens under
both KDE and Gnome.

Also, tool-tips occasionally appear on random windows/buttons/etc.  Again, I did
not move the mouse and it's not hovering over these windows/buttons/etc.

The cursor itself does not move (if it does, it's faster than my eyes can see).

I'm using VMware Fusion on a Mac with OS X 10.5.0.  This happens with both
VMware Fusion 1.0 and 1.1RC1.  vmware-tools is installed and configured.

Fedora 7 focus-follows-mouse works just fine under VMware Fusion (both 1.0 and

Immediately upon logging in, the focus might be fine.  After I start working for
a few minutes and opening & closing windows, something triggers this weird behavior.

Workaround is to move back to click-to-focus. :(

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
  Fedora 8 (broken)

  Fedora 7 (works)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 8 i386 under VMware Fusion (1.0 or 1.1RC1) and install VMware
Tools and configure them.
2. Login to KDE or Gnome and configure it for focus-follows-mouse
3. Open up two or more windows
4. Place mouse over a window
5. Remove hands from keyboard & mouse
6. Watch as focus jumps to another window
Actual results:
Focus jumps to random windows, cursor remains stationary
Tool-tips may appear over random windows or buttons occasionally

Expected results:
Focus stays with cursor

Additional info:
This may happen under other VMware products, too, e.g., VMware Workstation on
Windows, but I don't have access to other products to test this.

Fedora 7 works fine.

Comment 1 Jeff Bastian 2007-11-09 19:44:27 UTC
I just discovered another neat trick
 1. open a window with a vertical scroll bar, e.g., a browser viewing this BZ
 2. left-click and hold the scroll bar, but do not move the mouse
 3. keep holding for 10-15 seconds and eventually it will jump to the very
    bottom of the page all on its own!

Comment 2 Jeff Bastian 2007-11-09 20:59:54 UTC
I think I found the solution to this.  Actually, the Ubuntu community found the

Basically, the new X server reports its version as 1.3.0 instead of 7.3.0
(why?), and vmware-config-tools.pl gets really confused by this.  Editing the
script to accept the new version number fixes the problem.

Closing BZ.

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