Category Archives: Bug of the day

Are there any SDL people out there?

Back in 2005, a Metacity crash when running certain SDL apps was reported in GNOME bug 169684. This bug remains at “critical”, but there has been no new comment on it for five years. Nobody appears to be experiencing the same problem now. Gentle reader, do you have any experience in SDL? Can you tell […]

The positions of sounds

GNOME bug 616743 includes a patch which, if you have stereo speakers, will make the system bell move horizontally depending on which window it happened in. For example, if you’re editing a file in a terminal on the left of the screen, and the terminal bleeps, the sound will come from the left. If your […]

Bug of the day: hiding “(as superuser)”

As we mentioned the other day, there are some situations where Metacity’s ability to mark a window as running as root is unhelpful. One of these is during installation: this naturally runs as root, but it baffles new users to be told “Install (as superuser)“. For this reason , GNOME bug 605137 requests a hint […]

Squib of the day: read your email

Metacity’s window menu is less than cluttered; there’s room for a fair amount of extra options in there. One that was recently suggested is an option to take a screenshot of the current window.  However, that can be done already using keybindings.  What about more adventurous use of the menus ? GNOME bug 472370 makes the […]

Squib of the day: gentle fade

GNOME bug 105188 suggests that prelighting– lighting up buttons when you hover the mouse over them to confirm that it’s okay to press them– should fade in from the non-prelit state.  This was originally said to require a change to the theme format, but in fact I can’t see that it does: any theme which […]

Squib of the day: make the menu shorter

Someone who believed the system menu should be shorter raised GNOME bug 126674.  The basic idea is that the options in the system menu which move the window to adjacent workspaces and to workspaces given their number are unwieldy and complicated. Since these options all move windows, and since there is an existing manual move […]

Squib of the day: quit timeout

When you click the close button on a window, the window can have a hint on it which tells the window manager not to close it immediately.  Instead, it should ask the window to close itself, and if the window doesn’t respond within a certain amount of time, it should put up a dialogue box […]

Squib of the day: named colours

GNOME bug 121866 would like a way to set drawing colours according to palette entries in bitmap images in the same theme, as well as giving literal RGB values or giving a reference to a GTK colour.  It is suggested by the reporter that this could be done with the XPM format, which allows colours– […]

Squib of the day: same button, different position

GNOME bug 120705 points out that Metacity doesn’t allow users to put a button into the titlebar twice– so, for example, you can’t have a close button on the left and also on the right hand side. There is no particular reason for this: it was merely an artifact of the original code which has […]

Squib of the day: there’s an urgent thing going on

When a window gets the demands attention hint (_NET_WM_STATE_DEMANDS_ATTENTION) or the urgency flag, the pager flashes the window’s entry on the taskbar.  Other pagers such as AWN may bounce the window’s icon in their dock.  However, the window itself doesn’t change at all.  To remedy, this , GNOME bug 120406 suggests that the frame, or […]