Bug 981767 - Flashplayer fullscreen opens in background
Summary: Flashplayer fullscreen opens in background
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: mutter
Version: 19
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Peter Robinson
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2013-07-05 18:15 UTC by leszek.lesner
Modified: 2015-02-12 11:13 UTC (History)
17 users (show)

Fixed In Version:
Doc Type: Bug Fix
Doc Text:
Clone Of:
Last Closed: 2015-02-12 11:13:38 UTC
Type: Bug

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Videodemonstration (3.58 MB, video/webm)
2013-07-05 18:15 UTC, leszek.lesner
no flags Details

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
GNOME Bugzilla 643740 0 None None None Never
GNOME Bugzilla 700288 0 None None None Never

Description leszek.lesner 2013-07-05 18:15:35 UTC
Created attachment 769353 [details]

Description of problem:
Opening up a flash video and clicking on fullscreen works for the first time but not for the second. The pluginContainer Window of Firefox just opens in the background. (see Videodemonstration)

Steps to Reproduce:
1.Open Firefox and surf on a website like http://www.myvideo.de/watch/9136494/BATTLE_OF_THE_YEAR_HD_Trailer_C_Ab_21_11_13_im_Kino
2. Click to make the video fullscreen.
3. Leave fullscreen and try to go to fullscreen again.

Actual results:
No fullscreen video

Expected results:
Fullscreen video

Additional info:
With gnome-shell classic and the window list extension you can see the pluginContainer window in background and can bring it in front again. (so you'll see the flash video playing in fullscreen) 
This does not work however with alt+tab . 
It works btw. with other window-managers like metacity or icewm.

Comment 1 Peter Robinson 2013-07-06 19:24:32 UTC
Have you tried Alt+` on gnome-shell to bring it to the foreground. The classic gnome is still all gnome3 shell just a different look and feel

Comment 2 leszek.lesner 2013-07-06 19:56:36 UTC
(In reply to Peter Robinson from comment #1)
> Have you tried Alt+` on gnome-shell to bring it to the foreground. The
> classic gnome is still all gnome3 shell just a different look and feel

I tried ALT+<TILDE> (the key above the tab key) but that is not helping either. As its is recognized as seperate application in the "Alt+Tab" application. 
Also I can navigate to that application but it has no window preview and Alt+Tab is not bringing the window into front. It seems like it is minimized or something. 
Btw. I also tried that with Gnome 3.6 and there it is working. So it is definitely a regression in the window manager mutter.

Comment 3 leszek.lesner 2013-07-06 19:58:20 UTC
> Btw. I also tried that with Gnome 3.6 and there it is working. So it is
> definitely a regression in the window manager mutter.

Just as clearification I don't mean the ALT+Tab or Alt+<TILDE> thing here but just plain toggle fullscreen on the flashplayer plugin which works without any problem.

Comment 4 Electron 2013-07-24 14:32:45 UTC
I confirm the same problem with 
Firefox 22.0
Adobe Flash Player Version:
GNOME 3.8 for all flash video.

Previously worked with F19 Beta I think.
No problem now with Firefox 22.0 and KDE 4.10.5.

All Updated today with yum.

AMD Radeon HD7950 with proprietary driver 13.6-0.1Beta.fc19 (no overlay for tvtime with the opensource driver unfortunately)

Best regards,

Comment 5 ivolopez 2013-07-26 13:28:10 UTC
I can confirm this problem too. 

gnome-shell: 3.8.3-3
mutter: 3.8.3-1
firefox: 22.0-1

Intel core i3 with no proprietary driver.

For now, I am using the gnome extension "Minimized Windows List" to choose the fullscreen video.  This is a workaround for those that do not use gnome-shell classic view.

Comment 6 Christian Weiss 2013-09-10 14:23:12 UTC
Same behavior with:


I found out that you can put the plugin-container to foreground in the "Activities"-Menu (mouse to the left-upper-edge). You'll find the plugin-container at the end of the list/icons.

Comment 7 leszek.lesner 2013-10-02 22:37:40 UTC
Still in gnome-shell 3.10 and firefox 24. 

I found a nice workaround also :)
Just double click the full screen button in the flash video player (if it has a fullscreen button). Somehow this brings the window into foreground. 
At least it works for me but I also noticed that it does not work reliable every time.

Comment 8 Taras 2013-10-07 10:38:33 UTC
The same issue. I'm confirming

Comment 9 Igor Gnatenko 2014-01-26 11:24:07 UTC
This problem isn't in GS.

Comment 10 leszek.lesner 2014-01-26 11:31:03 UTC
Instead of closing how about reassigning to mutter as it actually is a bug of the window manager.

Comment 11 Igor Gnatenko 2014-01-26 12:04:12 UTC
We have workaround, but now I can't find original bug at BGO..


Comment 12 Peter Robinson 2014-01-26 13:42:26 UTC
We're not going to apply a random patch. It needs to be upstream and a patch in git master at the very least

Comment 13 Igor Gnatenko 2014-01-26 13:51:06 UTC
(In reply to Peter Robinson from comment #12)
> We're not going to apply a random patch. It needs to be upstream and a patch
> in git master at the very least
Sure, I'm also don't like such patches.

I will try to find bug in BGO.

*pointer = TRUE anyway bad solution.

BTW, problems in flashplayer I think.

Comment 14 Igor Gnatenko 2014-01-26 13:53:43 UTC
Peter, I really want to close this bug as WONTFIX, because flash-player is proprietary software. gnash-plugin always works OK in fullscreen cases.

What do you think ?

Comment 15 Peter Robinson 2014-01-26 13:58:05 UTC
I'm happy to close this as won't fix but even though it is proprietary it is still a legitimate bug that could affect other applications that aren't proprietary so I'd still like to know, for reference in this bug what the upstream bug report is.

Comment 16 leszek.lesner 2014-01-26 14:00:13 UTC
It would be sad closing this because flash-player as buggy and proprietary as it is is working fine with other window managers (e.g. metacity) and worked before with gnome 2.x . 
Not fixing this bug would definitely dissatisfy the users suffering from it.

Comment 18 Peter Robinson 2014-01-26 16:42:18 UTC
That needs to land upstream before we'll even consider pulling it back

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