Bug 827099 - raise or lower keyboard shortcut not working
raise or lower keyboard shortcut not working
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mutter (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Peter Robinson
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2012-05-31 11:31 EDT by David Mansfield
Modified: 2014-02-05 06:59 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-02-05 06:59:16 EST
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fix raise-or-lower when windows from other workspaces are encountered (417 bytes, patch)
2013-03-13 15:59 EDT, David Mansfield
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Description David Mansfield 2012-05-31 11:31:03 EDT
Description of problem:
The keyboard shortcut assigned to "Raise window if covered, otherwise lower it" only works sporadically.  It worked perfectly in F16.  The result is it always raises, and never lowers.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.assign a key to the shortcut, I use 'alt-space'
2.open two terminal windows, move one partially ovelapping the other
3.move the mouse over the "on top" window. 
4.press and hold alt.
5.without releasing alt, press+release space, window will go behind other
6.without releasing alt, move mouse over the "other" window
7.press+release space, release alt.  window will go behind other
8.move mouse back over first window (it's now on top)
9.press alt+space.  window WILL NOT GO BEHIND -> BUG
Actual results:
Windows no longer go behind.  Only raise works.

Expected results:
"Raise window if covered, otherwise lower it"

Additional info:
Comment 1 David Mansfield 2013-03-11 09:51:02 EDT
still a problem in F18.  the current 'workaround' is to restart gnome-shell (alt-f2 R) which screws up window positions quite severely.
Comment 2 David Mansfield 2013-03-13 15:57:17 EDT
Further debugging shows that the function:


is getting incorrect answers from meta_stack_get_above(..).  That function is returning windows from other workspaces.

the (soon-to-be) attached hack (patch) fixes the raise_or_lower, but clearly there is some list corruption somewhere.

however, would it be possible to add this in the meantime?
Comment 3 David Mansfield 2013-03-13 15:59:37 EDT
Created attachment 709777 [details]
fix raise-or-lower when windows from other workspaces are encountered

It seems as though the meta_stack_get_above(stack,window,boolean) can sometimes (and probably incorrectly) return windows from other workspaces.  When this happens, raise-or-lower stops working correctly.  This patch is a workaround that makes raise-or-lower work, but doesn't fix the underlying problem.
Comment 4 David Mansfield 2013-03-13 17:31:03 EDT
One more thing, re comment#1: I think the reason that the window positions get screwed up "quite severely" is that after gnome-shell restart, the windows on the "wrong stack" (as per my analysis in comment#2) end up changing workspaces (or at least some of them do).

And another thing, it seems like the "stationary" workspace on the second (secondary) monitor is the most likely culprit.  Here's a test case:

Open a window on workspace 1.  move it to the "right hand" (secondary) monitor, where "workspaces are on primary monitor only".

Change to workspace 2, open a window move it to the secondary monitor, partially overlapping other window.

Try to raise-lower between these two windows => broken.

Probably the windows that change workspace by virtue of a workspace-warp trip through the secondary monitor end up on the wrong stack.
Comment 5 Peter Robinson 2013-04-13 04:33:15 EDT
This should be reported upstream at bugzilla.gnome.org
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