Audacious window position forgotten on display toggle via plugins, and on restart

Bug #409539 reported by Steve Chadsey on 2009-08-05
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 9.04
Release: 9.04

  Installed: 1.3.7-2ubuntu1

I use audacity with the "Status Icon 0.5" plugin. This plugin "provides
a status icon, placed in the system tray area of the window manager."
When I click on the status icon, the audacity window will show or hide
itself. When showing, the window reappears in the last position I moved
it to before it was hidden.

I did an "apt-get update" followed by "apt-get upgrade" this morning.
(See dpkg.log for the list of packages that changed). I rebooted the

Now, when I click the status icon to show the audacity application,
the window always appears near the top-left corner of the screen.
"xwininfo" shows:

  Absolute upper-left X: 25
  Absolute upper-left Y: 43
  Relative upper-left X: 5
  Relative upper-left Y: 23
  Width: 275
  Height: 116
  Depth: 24

It doesn't matter if I drag the window to my preferred location and hide
it with the status icon; the window reappears in the same upper-left spot
each time.

I don't think this is a bug with the audacity program.

Steve Chadsey (schadsey) wrote :
Gabe Gorelick (gabegorelick) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at I have classified this bug as a bug in linux-restricted-modules.
For future reference you might be interested to know that a lot of applications have bug reporting functionality built in to them. This can be accessed via the Report a Problem option in the Help menu for the application with which you are having an issue. You can learn more about this feature at

affects: ubuntu → audacity (Ubuntu)
Gabe Gorelick (gabegorelick) wrote :

Sorry about my last comment, launchpad kept crashing on me. What I meant to say was, I have classified this bug as a bug in audacity.

Steve Chadsey (schadsey) wrote :

I just now realized that this defect report is invalid because I got "audacious" mixed up with "audacity". This has nothing to do with audacity. Shall I close this report and submit a new one?

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) wrote :

No, you do not have to submit a new one. You can simply change the affected package and update the description.

Benjamin Drung (bdrung) on 2009-08-15
affects: audacity (Ubuntu) → audacious (Ubuntu)
Andrew (andrewabc) wrote :

I have the same problem. Except the main player window and playlist window are both moved to top right corner (below panel) on top of each other. The equalizer seems unaffected.

Ubuntu 9.10

Worked fine in 9.04

Andrew (andrewabc) wrote :

Ok, I've restarted computer several times, and now it seems to be working fine.
Not sure why it is working now. Must have been something wrong with my session.

A. Tombol (atombol) on 2009-11-15
summary: - audacity window location not remembered with status icon plugin
+ audacious window location not remembered with status icon plugin

i can confirm this bug on 9.10
for me, only the player window is repositioned, the playlist stays put
it's not doing it all the time though, only if there was a track change between hiding and unhiding the player with the status icon

Changed in audacious (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
A. Tombol (atombol) wrote :

i played around a little with various skins, and i cannot reproduce the bug anymore

Andy Walker (walkeraj) wrote :

Regardless of the skin I select, the playlist window's position is maintained when I click on the status icon to restore the application, but the app itself appears at the lower left of my screen.

xwininfo: Window id: 0x4600016 "Audacious"

  Absolute upper-left X: 1680
  Absolute upper-left Y: 1025
  Relative upper-left X: 1680
  Relative upper-left Y: 1025
  Width: 275
  Height: 116
  Depth: 24
  Visual Class: TrueColor
  Border width: 0
  Class: InputOutput
  Colormap: 0x20 (installed)
  Bit Gravity State: NorthWestGravity
  Window Gravity State: NorthWestGravity
  Backing Store State: NotUseful
  Save Under State: no
  Map State: IsViewable
  Override Redirect State: no
  Corners: +1680+1025 -1325+1025 -1325-59 +1680-59
  -geometry 275x116+1680-59

Andy Walker (walkeraj) wrote :

Exiting and restarting the app seems to have resolved the issue, however changing the skin causes it to occur again. So, for now, a workaround is to simply exit and restart audacious.

Martin Spacek (mspacek) wrote :

I'm on Maverick amd64, and I'm still experiencing this issue. Doesn't matter which skin I use. This is Audacious 2.4.0, from the ubuntu repos. Clicking the status icon once makes the app disappear, and clicking it again restores it way up in the left hand corner of the screen, and always with the playlist unconnected from and obscuring the main window. I've noticed the same behaviour with another plugin, the "Global Hotkey" plugin, with which I've assigned "Toggle Player Windows" to a hotkey to quickly hide/show Audacious. Every time I reshow it with the hotkey, it ends up in the top left. Really maddening! Note that I have only a single gnome panel along the bottom edge of the screen, with the system tray ("Notification area") in the bottom right, like in windows.

Potentially related bugs:

bug #124315 - metacity - remember window positions
bug #157497 - metacity - windows stack up in top right corner

Martin Spacek (mspacek) wrote :

Note that the same thing happens when I fully exit Audacious and re-launch it.

summary: - audacious window location not remembered with status icon plugin
+ Audacious window position forgotten on display toggle via plugins, and
+ on restart
Martin Spacek (mspacek) wrote :

Ah, this only happens in metacity. When I switch to compiz (switching from no desktop effects to normal effects), it goes away completely. Window position is remembered every time for Audacious (but not necessarily all other apps for some reason). So this is really a metacity bug, and I'm marking it as a duplicate of Bug #124315

affects: audacious (Ubuntu) → metacity (Ubuntu)
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