Dash+launcher keyboard shortcuts mostly don't work when an indicator applet is open

Bug #747516 reported by Greg A on 2011-04-01
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

To reproduce:
 - Open any indicator
 - Press Super (No Dash appears)
 - Close the indicator (The Dash suddenly pops up)

Note also that holding Super does open the Launcher (if it is hidden). However shortcuts such as Super+3 do not work.

A similar issue exists with Alt+F2 (except for the dash does not appear when closing the indicator).

I imagine the desired behaviour is for any Unity dash shortcuts to close an open indicator and then perform the desired action.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.8.2-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-7-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,resize,regex,vpswitch,move,animation,imgpng,shift,mousepoll,grid,gnomecompat,place,workarounds,wall,wobbly,expo,ezoom,staticswitcher,session,fade,scale,unityshell]
Date: Fri Apr 1 17:30:09 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64 (20110127)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_GB:en
 LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-03-09 (22 days ago)

Greg A (etulfetulf) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your bug report, it's not very specific to unity though but happens with any gtk menu and keybinding, try taking a screenshot when a menu is open for example

Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

I'd say that it's unity-specific, as the launcher appears, so unity gets that the super key was pressed, and when you close the indicator, the dash also appears. The problem is that it does not appear when you press the super key, but only when you close the open indicator.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

oh right, I didn't try nor noticed that it was making the launcher come, interesting

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-04-05
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Mohsin Falak (fi8er1) wrote :

Right. But it could be by design, as it seems appropriate. But the flaw is that (pressing super doesn't open dash if an indicator is being viewed) when you close the indicator (like, by clicking anywhere else on the screen) the dash opens up (fulfilling the previous pressing of SUPER-key). Which is the main flaw over here.

Mohsin Falak (fi8er1) on 2011-04-10
description: updated
Greg A (etulfetulf) on 2011-04-10
description: updated
summary: - pressing super doesn't open dash if an indicator is being viewed
+ Dash+launcher keyboard shortcuts mostly don't work when an indicator
+ applet is open
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This is a longstanding problem with the way screen grabs work in X, so
we won't be able to fix this unless X changes. It's the same reason
your screensaver doesn't come on when a menu is open, or gksu
complains about being unable to get a grab when a menu is open.

On Sun, Apr 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM, Greg Auger <email address hidden> wrote:
> ** Description changed:
>
>  Binary package hint: unity
>
>  To reproduce:
> -  - Click on the indicator
> -  - Press Super
> -  - No Dash appears
> +  - Open any indicator
> +  - Press Super (No Dash appears)
> +  - Close the indicator (The Dash suddenly pops up)
>
> - Also all of the other Unity Super shortcuts do not work.
> + Note also that holding Super does open the Launcher (if it is hidden).
> + However shortcuts such as  Super+3 do not work.
> +
> + A similar issue exists with Alt+F2 (except for the dash does not appear
> + when closing the indicator).
>
>  I imagine the desired behaviour is for any Unity dash shortcuts to close
>  an open indicator and then perform the desired action.
>
>  ProblemType: Bug
>  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
>  Package: unity 3.8.2-0ubuntu1
>  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
>  Uname: Linux 2.6.38-7-generic x86_64
>  Architecture: amd64
>  CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,resize,regex,vpswitch,move,animation,imgpng,shift,mousepoll,grid,gnomecompat,place,workarounds,wall,wobbly,expo,ezoom,staticswitcher,session,fade,scale,unityshell]
>  Date: Fri Apr  1 17:30:09 2011
>  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64 (20110127)
>  ProcEnviron:
>   LANGUAGE=en_GB:en
>   LANG=en_GB.UTF-8
>   SHELL=/bin/bash
>  SourcePackage: unity
>  UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-03-09 (22 days ago)
>
> ** Summary changed:
>
> - pressing super doesn't open dash if an indicator is being viewed
> + Dash+launcher keyboard shortcuts mostly don't work when an indicator applet is open
>
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>
> Title:
>  Dash+launcher keyboard shortcuts mostly don't work when an indicator
>  applet is open
>
> Status in Unity:
>  Confirmed
> Status in “unity” package in Ubuntu:
>  Confirmed
>
> Bug description:
>  Binary package hint: unity
>
>  To reproduce:
>   - Open any indicator
>   - Press Super (No Dash appears)
>   - Close the indicator (The Dash suddenly pops up)
>
>  Note also that holding Super does open the Launcher (if it is hidden).
>  However shortcuts such as  Super+3 do not work.
>
>  A similar issue exists with Alt+F2 (except for the dash does not
>  appear when closing the indicator).
>
>  I imagine the desired behaviour is for any Unity dash shortcuts to
>  close an open indicator and then perform the desired action.
>
>  ProblemType: Bug
>  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
>  Package: unity 3.8.2-0ubuntu1
>  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
>  Uname: Linux 2.6.38-7-generic x86_64
>  Architecture: amd64
>  CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,resize,regex,vpswitch,move,animation,imgpng,shift,mo...

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Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Triaged

I can confirm this on 12.04 up to date. Another problem is that, when viewing an indicator drop-down menu (or even a right click menu on anything or a classic app menu from the global menu), you can reveal the launcher with the pointer, but it acts weirdly: it hides more quickly, it doesn't react when an icon is clicked, the names of the apps don't appear, the stacked icons don't spread...

Can't we just make it impossible to reveal the launcher when a menu is open so the behaviour of the launcher doesn't seem inconsistent or buggy?

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 10905, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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