[openbox] modal windows with virtual desktops causing lockup ?

Mike Mattie codermattie at gmail.com
Sun Nov 19 21:05:45 EST 2006

On Mon, 20 Nov 2006 02:32:58 +0100 (CET)
Mikael Magnusson <mangosoft at comhem.se> wrote:

> On Sun, 19 Nov 2006, Mike Mattie wrote:
> > hello,
> >
> > A particular application , sylpheed-claws I suspect, is generating
> > modal error dialogs. Sylpheed itself is running on virtual desktop
> > #2 , and I am usually in desktop #1 . When this occurs it seems
> > that the modality is honored by the window manager disabling other
> > window operations.
> >
> > I recently left my computer for a couple of days, and when I
> > returned I found such a dialog, but it would not accept events.
> > neither could I switch desktops with keyboard shortcuts, focus
> > windows, or even bring up the menu with a right-click on the
> > background.  Interestingly enouph the
> > <ctl>-<alt>-<backspace> didn't work, and also the <sysrq> magic keys
> > failed to generate events to X, or even the kernel. I had to ssh
> > in to kill the login session.
> >
> > I am not sure if openbox just locked up, if the modal window
> > contributed or caused it, but I thought an option to disable modal
> > windows might help. Is there such an option ?
> >
> > Should I investigate further presuming a bug or mis-feature ?
> You've most likely encountered this bug, 
> https://bugzilla.icculus.org/show_bug.cgi?id=908

ah, this looks pretty hairy to generate a test-case for. sylpheed-claws
has done it twice , but that is in the past month. If it is related to
modals I should be able to make a test program. But that is wishful

next time this happens I will attach gdb and try and generate some
useful information.

Thanks for the speedy reply too.

> --
> Mikael Magnusson
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