Bug 75714 - Bluecurve/GNOME doesn't support MultiScreen X11
Bluecurve/GNOME doesn't support MultiScreen X11
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: metacity (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Havoc Pennington
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Reported: 2002-10-11 09:41 EDT by Bob Arendt
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-10-11 09:41:57 EDT
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Description Bob Arendt 2002-10-11 09:41:51 EDT
Description of Problem:
XFree86 has no problem managing multiple heads/screens, configured
in a multiscreen (non-Xinerama) mode.  Selecting a "Gnome"
session from the gdm login screen, the resulting session
only operates on the primary screen (:0.0).  The secondary
screens are unmanaged.  Worse, a "xterm -display :0.1" produces
an XTerm on the second screen, but metacity(?) refuses to
grant focus to the second screen.  I can click in it all
I want, but can't type in it.  The gnome session actively
prevents use of the non-primary screens.  Previous releases
merely failed to manage them, but they were functionnal.

Thank goodness I built an enlightmentment-0.16.5-5 rpm for psyche.
My current workaround is to create an "enlightenment" session
and use that to manage my environment.

Fvwm2 and twm also work well across all heads
(though Enlightenment rocks!)

Bluecurve looks good, especially the improved font capability;
It's quite usable and responsive on my single-screen laptop.
But I can't use it on my multiscreen *business* desktops.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Redhat 8.0 Psyche

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Expected Results:
Minimum of window manager support on all screens (:0.0, :0.1, :0.2, ...).
Nautilus and panel support on all screens would be nice.
*Really* nice to be able to indendently configure Nautilus
and the panels on a per-screen basis. So I can put one set
of apps on screen 0, a different set of apps on screen 1, etc.
Little point in having excessive redundancy.

Additional Information:
Graphics card is a Matrox g200-mms (4-head)
Had to download and install the HAL XFree driver
to properly initialize non-primary heads.
Fault existed prior to (and after) installation
of the matrox-supplied XFree drivers.
Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2002-10-11 10:22:29 EDT
The man push for GNOME 2.2 is multihead support, we'll get the feature on

It's a huge patch set, so not something we can backport to 2.0. Will probably 
be there for the next Red Hat release, it's mostly done already.

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