New chat windows unconditionally spawn in top left

Bug #311615 reported by Sam Pointon
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: pidgin

Steps: open a chat window, move it, close it, then open another chat window
Expected: the window would spawn in the same place as it was closed
Observed: it spawns in the top left corner of the screen

I updated to pidgin 2.5.2 a few days ago on Hardy and the symptom manifested itself. Before (with 2.4.1 I believe) the chat windows would correctly remember their position, and spawn in the bottom right of the screen (where I like them). Having to move every single new conversation over to the bottom right is, if the pun is excused, a drag. I am not running compiz; just plain metacity.

The pidgin devs have indeicated at that they consider this a window manager issue and that they intentionally caused the regression by disabling the position-remembering code, which was what caused it to previously work. I have no idea whether metacity or some other already instealled tool is capable of doing this with metacity (some preliminary googling suggests not) or if re-enabling pidgin's position-remembering code is the best option.

Sam Pointon (sampointon)
description: updated
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Lupine (thelupine) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to make Ubuntu better. Since what you submitted is a Feature Request to improve Ubuntu, you are invited to post your idea in Ubuntu Brainstorm at where it can be discussed, voted by the community and reviewed by developers. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!

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Lupine (thelupine) wrote :

Actually, after talking over with some other members in #ubuntu-bugs channel, I feel this IS a confirmed issue and should be handled by the window manager, metacity in this case. So, I am changing the package to metacity and confirming. Sorry for the initial post, and thanks again for posting this bug.

Changed in pidgin:
status: New → Confirmed
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Marnanel Thurman (marnanel) wrote :

Metacity as it stands expects applications to remember their own window positions. We could change that policy, of course, but that's the policy as it is at present.

Changed in metacity:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
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Jimmy Xu (jimmyxu) wrote :

It`s fixed by turning gconf /apps/metacity/general/disable_workarounds off.

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