Bug 519096 - Alt-Tab sometimes lists new popup windows that are on another workspace
Summary: Alt-Tab sometimes lists new popup windows that are on another workspace
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: metacity
Version: 12
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Owen Taylor
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2009-08-25 06:42 UTC by Jens Petersen
Modified: 2010-11-04 14:36 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-11-04 14:36:38 UTC

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Description Jens Petersen 2009-08-25 06:42:40 UTC
Description of problem:
It sometimes happens when windows popped up from IM or nautilus
(eg when a device is inserted) on another workspace that
Alt+Tab lists the window(s) in all workspaces even though they
are only in one other workspace - they can make them hard to
find if one has a bunch of active workspaces...

I can try to describe steps necessary to reproduce if it helps.

(Once the window(s) in question have been made visible (given
focus) of course the problem goes away.)

Steps to Reproduce:
1. insert a usb drive into machine while on workspace 1
   (may need some full-size windows in the way)
   and drive icon appears on desktop
2. switch to workspace 2 (timing may matter)
3. press Alt+Tab
4. switch to workspace 3 and press Alt+Tab again

Actual results:
3. lists drive's file window but can't give it focus
   since it is actually on another workspace
4. also lists usb drive's window

Expected results:
3 & 4: window on different workspace should not be listed by Alt+Tab

Additional info:
This is a pretty long-standing annoying bug.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2009-11-16 11:39:33 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 12 development cycle.
Changing version to '12'.

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Comment 2 Owen Taylor 2009-11-18 20:15:16 UTC
Switching upstream bug to a better reference

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Comment 4 Owen Taylor 2010-11-04 14:36:38 UTC
Don't really want to use Fedora bugzilla for tracking work that needs to be done on upstream Metacity and has already been reported upstream. (And discussed, and a solution agreed upon ... someone just needs to come up with a patch.)

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