2008-03-06: Caecilius est in horto, Metacity Journal est in blogo

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans. Photo by Gary Houston, public domain.

2.23.1 went out today. Yay.


  • GNOME bug 326156 – the debate over what raise_on_click means in various focus modes rumbles on
  • GNOME bug 358674 (unidirectional maximisation) – Josh Triplett says that the TCA fix doesn’t go far enough, and that we should (also? or only?) consider FMB. Your reasoned responses are most welcome.
  • GNOME bug 520136 – also, unidirectional maximisation should be in the window menu
  • GNOME bug 358866 – gentle readers, does anyone know how to tell vim to use GNU coding conventions?
  • GNOME bug 479107 and GNOME bug 491114 appear to contradict one another. One of them should be closed…
  • GNOME bug 482354 – the question of whether opening up new windows should bring the whole app onto the current workspace dogs us again. Apparently the reason Firefox doesn’t exhibit the problematic behaviour with KDE is that kwin special-cases it!
  • GNOME bug 513281 – a problem with sloppy focus that’s hard to reproduce
  • GNOME bug 519188 – windows created and set to stay on top will lose focus, contrary to what you might expect
  • GNOME bug 520713 from launchpad bug 120818 – maximisation is messed up on xinerama. Your chronicler should cadge some extra screens in order to test these things.
  • GNOME bug 520792 – Jeff Schroeder came on IRC asking why metacity said he didn’t have the composite extension when he did. It turns out that composite+xinerama don’t work together under nvidia. Thomas suggested that Metacity could detect this case and print a helpful message so people were less mystified.

Checkins on trunk


  • You may recall GNOME bug 448183, which was in general about writing programs which did clever window management things when Metacity’s only doing the bare bones, and in particular about a forthcoming window management utility. Well, Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen has announced the availability of that tool in his blog (although it hasn’t formally been released).


  • On branches/gnome-2-22: en_GB by pwithnall, es by jorgegonz
  • On trunk: es by jorgegonz

Photo: Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans. Photo by Gary Houston, public domain.

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Mostly themes, triaging, and patch review.

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