Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 71708
Tab windows sometimes not accessible
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:03 EDT
Description of Problem:
When having multiple subwindows, making the gnome-terminal window active
sometimes let not type you in the current subwindow (tab) and the cursor is
white i.s.o. black. Switching to another tab window and back solves that
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
It happens often, but is not 100% reproducable.
Which window manager?
If metacity have you seen this with metacity 126.96.36.199 and gnome-terminal 2.0.1?
The standard GNOME setup is used, so I think it is metacity, yes.
I'll try it with beta5 (containing the packages you mention) later.
The problem seems to be solved in null... Will do some more tests and you may
close this if I don't add a new comment within a day ;-).
The problem still occurs... :-(. I have the impression not as frequently as
before, but I'm not sure about that.
Is the focus indicator on the tab itself when this happens? I've occasionally
seen the tab get the focus instead of the terminal widget (when this happens,
pressing the down key moves the focus back into the widget). If this is the
case, then it's not a metacity bug, but I don't know if it's in vte or
Note that if you click a tab that's already active, it is _supposed_ to get
focused. You'll then see the dotted line around the tab title. So if that's the
issue, it's not really a bug...
Yes, it seems to be the case that the tab has the focus and that that was the
problem. Confufing... The down key worked, but clicking in the window
sometimes does not seem to work, IIRC (if I now try it works :-( ).
I'm still fighting with this problem very often. The down key always works, yes,
but when coming back to the window later the tab has the focus again. I'm not
sure about the exact circumstances, I haven't found a reproducable sequence yet,
but I can't believe this is a feature i.s.o. a bug...
I'm not sure I understand what remains here (I'm unclear on exactly what the
misbehavior is). There were various issues related to this fixed since 8.0
though, and I believe it works correctly now. Part of the fixes are in GTK, so
2.2.0 is needed.
What is the point of this behaviour? A tab having focus seems to serve no
useful purpose. It is quite easy to get to this state by just clicking twice
on the tab. It is not fixed in the latest betas/rawhide. Very confusing for
an end user.
Tabs being able to focus is necessary for keyboard navigation. The behavior
is consistent for all notebook widgets.
It was worse in rawhide for a while because clicking the terminal area didn't
focus the terminal area again, but that's fixed.
In any case, this is a standard UI behavior, changing it would have to be
discussed upstream in email@example.com, it's not
something we would change in Red Hat patches.