desktop switching issue

Bug #54410 reported by gwilson on 2006-07-29
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

I have the following keys bound to switching virtual desktops:

ctrl+alt+right = move one desktop to the "right"
ctrl+alt+left = move to the left

To reproduce the bug:
1) hold ctrl+alt
2) press left (or right)
3) release ctrl, but continue holding alt
4) press left or right -- desktop switches (unexpected)

I don't know if this is an Ubuntu problem, or gnome, or something specific to my installation. Also, don't consider it a big deal. But I DO think it makes the gui seem un-polished, and expect it can be easily fixed.


Dennis Kaarsemaker (dennis) wrote :

I see that too, punting to a gnome package so seb sees the bug

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

That behaviour is probably a window manager one. Why do you consider that as a bug? Just unpress ctrl and alt if you want to stop it

Changed in gnome-session:
status: Confirmed → Needs Info
gwilson (gwilson) wrote :

sb, don't really know how to answer that... I can't imagine this is the intended behaviour, so I consider it a bug.
-- Greg.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

what is wrong with the behaviour? you press a combinaison of modifiers and a key and the feature is activated until you unpress the modifiers, that's wrong to you?

gwilson (gwilson) wrote :

my expectation was that the desktop would switch only if ctrl+alt+direction were pressed all at the same time, and never otherwise. That's the way things work in most other programs; for example, if you hold ctl+shift+left in a text editor (with PC-like bindings) it highlights one word to the left. Then continue holding shift and press left (or right) and it will highlight a char at a time.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

that's not like you had no notification, the desktop switcher is still display in the middle of the screen

setting as a wishlist if somebody wants to forward it upstream feel free, we have lot of bug to work on at the moment and that's one is not a priority to fix for the desktop team

Changed in metacity:
importance: Untriaged → Wishlist
status: Needs Info → Confirmed
Changed in metacity:
status: New → Unknown
Changed in metacity:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in metacity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in metacity:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist

Is this still a bug in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS?

Chris Carlin (crcarlin) wrote :

I tried to reproduce the bug, and it doesn't seem to happen now, so I'm closing the bug as fixed.

Changed in metacity (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
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