scale plugin launches with only one window

Bug #503411 reported by Oscar Benjamin on 2010-01-05
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
MC Return
compiz (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: compiz-plugins

If only one main window is open the compiz scale plugin is confusing (and unneccessary). With a single window open and maximised the plugin shrinks the window slightly and grays out (inactivates) the taskbars (see screenshot). I noticed this behaviour in jaunty, and possibly before. Mostly I thought it was annoying. However, a friend of mine was using my computer and, not knowing about scale, thought that the taskbars had crashed and didn't understand what was happening.

Since the purpose of the scale plugin is to enable choosing/viewing multiple windows it is completely useless when only one window is showing. I think it would be better if the plugin wasn't launched when only one window is open.

Oscar Benjamin (oscar-bristol) wrote :
Oscar Benjamin (oscar-bristol) wrote :

I've attached a patch that disables launching scale when only one window is present. There was already a check to abort in the event that no windows are found; the patch extends this to zero or one window.

Oscar Benjamin (oscar-bristol) wrote :

Sorry, I meant to say that the patch is relative to the compiz source package in karmic (apt-get source compiz).

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for the report, it has been some time without any response or feedback in this bug report and we are wondering if this is still an issue for you with the latest release of Ubuntu the Natty Narwhal, May you please test with that version and comment back if you're still having or not the issue? Please have a look at to know how to install that version.Thanks in advance.

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for compiz (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
thinkpad (fellowsgarden) wrote :

Gee, I find this "no activity for x days -> expired" thing really irritating and unhelpful. If I'm not a developer, how can I prevent this from happening??

In any case, I'm on ubuntu precise and compiz' scale still "does its thing" even if there's only one window in that workspace (which is, simply put, idiotic).

I hope my language in this posting was not too strong / emotional, but this is like one line of code missing which causes that problem. Maybe contacting the developer directly is an option?

tags: added: precise
MC Return (mc-return) on 2013-01-20
Changed in compiz:
assignee: nobody → MC Return (mc-return)
MC Return (mc-return) on 2013-06-15
Changed in compiz:
milestone: none →
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
MC Return (mc-return) on 2013-06-15
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
MC Return (mc-return) on 2013-07-24
Changed in compiz:
milestone: →
Eleni Maria Stea (hikiko) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug. The compiz program that we currently use in Ubuntu is a C++ re-write of the original compiz and was announced the 4th July 2010. Therefore, the bugs that were reported before that date, will be marked as "Won't Fix" as they probably exist in the original program which is not stored in launchpad. All the supported Ubuntu releases use the C++ version of compiz since April 2015.

Changed in compiz:
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
Changed in compiz (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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