Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 84384
gnome-terminal loses keyboard focus (tabbed mode)
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:51:16 EDT
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Description of problem:
gnome-terminal when used in tabbed mode often will lose keyboard focus when
switching back & forth between other windows. This is sometimes difficult to
reproduce but it happens quite often for me on several systems. The normally
solid black cursor is stuck as the outline-only cursor and clicking the window
does not gain focus.
WORKAROUND: If you click on the "Go" menu and select "Previous Tab" or "Next
Tab" it regains the solid black cursor and keyboard focus.
Recent Rawhide versions of gnome-terminal began to exhibit this behavior. I
think I didn't experience this problem with the initial gnome-terminal in
Phoebe2, but not entirely sure.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
I think the problem is just that clicking the terminal area doesn't focus it, so
if you somehow get the focus elsewhere (e.g. clicking the active tab)
then you are in a fix.
are you switching focus between the windows using the keyboard (Alt+Tab or
Yeah, Havoc was right. Steps to reproduce:
1. Open gnome-terminal.
2. Hit CTRL-SHIFT-T a few times to open a few tabs.
3. Double-click on any tab.
how is this a bug? you're focusing the tab. just hit tab to get back in the
next group (i.e., the terminal widget).
IOW, Havoc, why are you allowing tabs to be focused? And you want vte to grab
focus when someone clicks on it?
this is fixed in GNOME CVS - clicking in the VTE widget grabs focus
The tab can be focused for keynav purposes. Either way, this should be fixed in
0.10.21 and later.