Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 491314
gnome-terminal eats my mouse buttons
Last modified: 2009-12-18 04:04:47 EST
Description of problem:
Using F-10, all the latest updates as of 20/3/2009. I've several times found myself stuck with the left mouse button apparently not working at all.
I've tried swapping to a text VT where everything was working fine. Swapping back to X the left mouse button was still not working.
Eventually I noticed that the common pattern was that gnome-terminal always had the focus when this happens.
All other keyboard functions and the mouse pointer seem entirely unaffected. The left button though seems to just stop working.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
[steve@dolmen ~]$ rpm -qi gnome-terminal
Name : gnome-terminal Relocations: (not relocatable)
Version : 2.24.3 Vendor: Fedora Project
Release : 1.fc10 Build Date: Thu 15 Jan 2009 10:30:10 PM GMT
Install Date: Tue 17 Mar 2009 04:46:53 AM GMT Build Host: x86-5.fedora.phx.redhat.com
Group : User Interface/Desktops Source RPM: gnome-terminal-2.24.3-1.fc10.src.rpm
Size : 5700753 License: GPLv2+ and GFDL
Signature : DSA/SHA1, Thu 29 Jan 2009 05:22:58 AM GMT, Key ID bf226fcc4ebfc273
Packager : Fedora Project
URL : http://www.gnome.org/
Summary : Terminal emulator for GNOME
gnome-terminal is a terminal emulator for GNOME. It supports translucent
backgrounds, opening multiple terminals in a single window (tabs) and
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run a few apps on the desktop including gnome-terminal
2. Do usual swapping between them, and evetually the left mouse button stops responding while gnome-terminal has the focus.
Left mouse button fails to respond
Left mouse button should allow change of focus, etc.
There is a workaround. Using Alt-Tab to change the focus to a different application results in the left mouse button once again regaining normal operation - at least until gnome-terminal grabs it again.
I see the same behaviour, except I see in it several apps. I have seen it both while working in a virtualbox VM (the whole VM window became unresponsive, so the problem was at the host, not in the VM) and in firefox.
I have been able to get back to a working state by clicking on the border of another app, and then on a button or menu inside that app. then go back to the app I was working in. Much the same as alt-tab. So my left button actually works for clicking on window borders (at least the title box at the top), and switching focus to a different application.
Clicking on a different window belonging to the same app is not enough (like clicking on the virtualbox admin window when the mouse doesn't work inside a vm window). It has to be a different app, it seems. When the unresponsive app != gnome-terminal, gnome-terminal is the one I usually use to wake it up again...
I always have a gnome-terminal running and I use it quite often during the day, so gnome-terminal could well be involved here. Could it be that it always happens when I switch from gnome-terminal to some other app? I'm not certain yet, but I will add a comment when I am.
This may also be a window manager issue. I run compiz (and cairo-dock if that is relevant in any way).
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I cannot remember seeing this in F11 or F12. I don't have any F10 systems anymore :-)
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