Category Archives: Bug of the day

Squib of the Day: Ctrl+Alt+Delete

GNOME bug 130632 raises the idea of being able to put up the GNOME system monitor with a keystroke bound by default to Ctrl+Alt+Delete, as on Windows, so that users can kill applications and so on.  The usability people say this is fine as long as the system monitor gains a prominent logout button.  This […]

Squib of the day: “(as root)”

GNOME bug 549389, which has a couple of duplicates, says that if a window is owned by an app which is running as a user other than the user who’s running Metacity, then it should have “(as fred)” on the titlebars, just as it would have “(on chiark)” or whatever if you were running the […]

Squib of the day: keep the menu in one place

At present the system menu, which you see when you right-click anywhere on the titlebar, left-click the menu button, or right-click an entry on the pager, is hard-coded separately into Metacity and libwnck, and required to be the same in both places. I’ve been considering the idea of making it a property on the root […]

Squib of the day: don’t manage all screens

In GNOME bug 351647 the suggestion is raised that there should be a setting to prevent Metacity from managing certain screens. At present, Metacity manages all screens on its display. Thomas provided a patch which allowed “–ignore-screens=1,3” to be passed on the command line. The reporter would prefer a GConf key. I think which is […]

Squib of the day: walk through workspaces

I don’t know why switching continues to be a source of squibs, but there it is.  In GNOME bug 570817 someone is suggesting a way to walk through workspaces (presumably only populated ones, but that’s not clear) in the same way that hitting and immediately releasing alt-tab moves you to the next window without regard […]

Squib of the day: extend plugin possibilities

For once, this isn’t about an existing bug– well, there’s a tenuous connection to GNOME bug 311428. Several of the recent squibs have resulted in the observation that an external script could be made to do the work.  This is true for responding to keypresses, but for problems such as performing some action whenever a […]

Squib of the day: Remove alt-tab entirely

In GNOME bug 570079, someone suggests throwing away alt-tab entirely to replace it with an external program, specifically superswitcher. Of course, you can already do this by disabling the ordinary alt-tab action and then assigning superswitcher to be one of the custom commands, but I think they want it shipped that way by default. I […]

Squib of the day: sound effects

In GNOME bug 557921 the idea is raised of Metacity supporting sound effects. Photo: © Judy Baxter, cc-by-nc-sa.

Squib of the day: prefix system for keybindings

In GNOME bug 310842 the suggestion is raised that there should be an option to require all keybindings to be prefixed with a particular keystroke, to minimise the number of keystrokes which can’t be used by applications– there would be only one keystroke, the prefix, that was globally grabbed.  Such a system would be reminiscent […]

Squib of the day: move in a direction

In GNOME bug 152661 someone is asking for the ability to move in a particular direction from a given window (as opposed to from a given workspace).  So you could move to the closest window to the right of the focussed window, for example.  Apparently FVWM has this feature.  (I assume this would be an […]