Toggling the Hamster applet via hotkey does not reliably bring the window to the front

Bug #701187 reported by earl on 2011-01-10
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
hamster-applet (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: hamster-applet

Steps to reproduce:

- Open a gnome-terminal
- Place the gnome-terminal so that it covers the area where the hamster applet popup will appear
- Toggle the popup visibility via hotkey (such as Super-<H>)

Now more often than not, the popup will appear _behind_ the gnome-terminal. In other words, the popup won't be visible. This basically renders the hotkey functionality useless, for me.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: hamster-applet 2.31.92-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-24.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-24-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Mon Jan 10 20:33:23 2011
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: hamster-applet

earl (xearl) wrote :
Leo Arias (elopio) wrote :

I tried to reproduce this issue, but I couldn't. For me, the hamster applet always gets the focus.

elopio@tangamandapio:~$ aptitude show hamster-applet
Package: hamster-applet
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 2.31.92-0ubuntu2

Leo Arias (elopio) wrote :

Sorry, I meant that it always bring the hamster window to the front.

There is a related issue with the focus:

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in hamster-applet (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Jan Battenfeld (jan-battenfeld) wrote :

As mentioned in Bug 644193

The Bug is still present in 12.10. However if you type "hamster-time-tracker toggle" from xterm it gets focus. So a workaround would be to bind Super-H (or whatever) to

   xterm -e hamster-time-tracker toggle

Little downside: there is a short flickering of the xterm as it opens and closes

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