Notifications pop up when screen is gksu'ed

Bug #38502 reported by Lukas Sabota on 2006-04-06
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gksu (Ubuntu)
libnotify (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Preface: Not sure to file this under libnotify or gksu.

Dapper x86.

When the screen is locked by gksu, messages made by libnotify will still appear over top of the faded out regions. This looks especially bad with the update-manager popup, or any other popup that has an arrow to a notification area icon.

Open two consoles.
In the first console, run this command: $ sleep 15 && notify-send "THIS IS REALLY UGLY"
In the second console, run this command: $ gksu notify-send "all done"
Now, wait up to fifteen seconds. Watch for the notification.

This notification does not look that bad, but you can not click on it, and it is deceiving. Also, notification area notifications are also HIDEOUS on top of the faded out screen.

However, this bug does NOT happen with the logout dialog. Interesting.

Check out how the notification is shown even when the screen is grayed.

I did not have libnotify installed, so the update manager and the like probably use something else.

I can, however, confirm that libnotify popups are still popping up on top of gksu promts on Hardy by following your instructions.

I wonder what else have "access" to override/manipulate gksu promts. This could lead to security problems.

Reported to official GKSu bug tracker:

Unfortunately, it seems like GKSu is not being actively developed. Last bug fix from the above tracker is from 2006.

I'm not entirely sure what to do now. Using this package as a "core" feature of Ubuntu with a bunch of more or less serious open bugs that haven't been touched since 2006 is... Unfortunate.


Simone Cianfriglia (crimer) wrote :

The notify is drawn in front of the gksu layer, but the user cannot interact with the notify while in gksu prompt.

It seems only a graphic issue, but I'm not sure....

Jorge Castro (jorge) on 2009-03-13
Changed in gksu:
importance: Undecided → Unknown
status: New → Unknown
Changed in gksu (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in libnotify (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → Low

Thank you for posting this bug.

Does this issue occur with libnotify occur in Maverick?

Changed in libnotify (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

Closing because of no response from the reporter.

Changed in libnotify (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in gksu (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Invalid
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