Re: Window focus behavior

Thank you Robert and Calum for your input!

Robert, your suggestion does modify the raise/focus behavior in
Metacity, but it does not achieve quite what I want. The raised window
still covers up any part of all windows that were in front of it.

Calum, it's too bad that the metacity maintainers closed your item as
not a bug - however, I suppose if their intention is to not allow the
feature then that is their choice. I think my only solution is to try
a different window manager. For example, I know that IceWM can do what
I want, and I believe it is GNOME/Ubuntu friendly.


On Nov 20, 2007 9:38 AM, Calum Benson <Calum Benson sun com> wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-11-19 at 10:47 -0700, Drake Emko wrote:
> > I don't like it when you click on a window, and it raises to obscure
> > everything that was overlapping it. This is normal behavior for most
> > people (that is how it works in Windows), but I would like to know if,
> > in GNOME/Metacity, I can configure the behavior so that windows don't
> > raise when you click on them for focus. I would like to raise the
> > window if I click on the titlebar, but if I click somewhere else in
> > the window, I would like any overlapping windows to continue being
> > visible even while I have focus in the partially obscured window.
> We have a patch for something similar in the Solaris version of GNOME--
> a gconf key which, if set, causes windows only to raise if you click the
> frame rather than the contents.
> Ours only applies in focus-follows-mouse mode though-- i.e. it fixes bug
>   However the metacity
> maintainers closed this as NOTABUG, so I guess you won't be seeing it
> upstream anytime soon...
> Cheeri,
> Calum.
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> CALUM BENSON, Usability Engineer       Sun Microsystems Ireland
> mailto:calum benson sun com            GNOME Desktop Group
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> Any opinions are personal and not necessarily those of Sun Microsystems

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