Ubuntu

No launcher icon or Alt+Tab entry for xchat/xchat-gnome windows

Reported by Alex Moldovan on 2011-04-15
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This bug affects 34 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Unity
Medium
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5.0
Medium
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6.0
Medium
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unity (Ubuntu)
Medium
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xchat (Ubuntu)
High
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Running Xchat (see scrennshot) Unity fails to show that the application is running. If I minimize Xchat, Unity still won't be showing that the app is running. If I click on the Xchat icon again it will start a new instance while the old one is still running.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.8.8-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic 2.6.38.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,mousepoll,vpswitch,regex,animation,snap,expo,move,compiztoolbox,place,grid,imgpng,gnomecompat,wall,ezoom,workarounds,staticswitcher,resize,fade,unitymtgrabhandles,scale,session,unityshell]
Date: Fri Apr 15 17:05:47 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Beta i386 (20110407)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_CA:en
 LANG=en_CA.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Alex Moldovan (alexmoldovan) wrote :
Alex Moldovan (alexmoldovan) wrote :
komputes (komputes) on 2011-04-15
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-04-19
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Carl Leitner (litlfred) wrote :

Here is a work around that works for me
http://linuxfloat.org/ubuntu-1104how-add-dropbox-icon-top-right
I just added 'xchat' instead of 'dropbox;

komputes (komputes) wrote :

Still an issue in Oneric (development branch) from 2011 08 19.

xchat in unity doesn't have an indicator and opens multiple instances. I can't minimize or else clicking xchat in the launcher bar opens a new instance. Can't use alt-tab either to get back to xchat after minimizing.

komputes (komputes) on 2011-08-19
tags: added: app-menu indicator-application
Changed in xchat (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

sudo apt-get install xchat-indicator will install the indicator I think xchat-indicator should be added to recommends for xchat but maybe xchat is shipped by default in a *buntu so adding that recommend would pull in the xchat-indicator.

Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Bryce Harrington (bryce) on 2011-09-13
Changed in xchat (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Phillip Susi (psusi) wrote :

This doesn't have anything to do with indicators, so I'm not sure why the unity task was closed. The problem seems to be in unity since it never recognizes that xchat has started. It continues to show the busy cursor over the xchat window, does not list it in alt-tab, and starts a new instance if you click the icon again instead of bringing the existing window to the foreground.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Invalid → Confirmed
Logan Rosen (logan) wrote :

Works for me in Ubuntu 11.10. Shows that it's running in the Unity dock and shows up when doing Alt-Tab.

Did you try to close then choose ' minimize to tray'?

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-10-25
Changed in unity:
status: Invalid → Confirmed

I believe this was fixed in 11.10. If anyone still sees this in 11.10, reopen the bug.

Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in xchat (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Felix Ruess (flixr) wrote :

I still have the problem that unity doesn't recognize xchat as already running with 11.10 if xchat was hidden/minimized to the tray.
With xchat-indicator installed it at least recognized it as still running there and correctly alerts in case of new messages.
Seems to be related to bug #705267 as the same happens with skype if minimized to the tray.

Phillip Susi (psusi) wrote :

Yes, that's a different issue that is a bug in the application. It hides its window entirely specifically so that it will not show up in the task bar, assuming its little icon is in the tray so you can unhide it.

Tadeáš Pařík (pariktadeas) wrote :

I have installed xchat-indicator and xchat can be reopened from the icon from top panel. However I think it is only "halfway" solution. User should be able to reopen (original session) it from Unity panel and not a new one. This is a little bit confusing.

I have the same problem in 12.04. When xchat window is open, there is no icon on unity panel suggesting that it's running. When I minimize it (without xchat-indicator installed) there is no way to get it back. If it won't show on unity panel, minimized or not, then perhaps the indicator should be a depends and not just suggested.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Confirmed with xchat-gnome in 12.04. The unity launcher and switcher both fail to show xchat-gnome.

A possible workaround: Open the dash, find xchat and drag the icon into the launcher while xchat is running. This appears to have solved the problem for me.

Changed in unity:
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
Changed in xchat (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → 5.14.0
importance: Undecided → Medium
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
summary: - Unity not showing Xchat is running
+ Unity not showing Xchat/xchat-gnome is running

closing again, the precise issue is already tracked by bug #995916, no need to reopen this one

Changed in xchat (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Changed in unity:
milestone: 5.14.0 → none
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

No fix was ever proposed for it. No fix was ever release noted. Therefore, this bug should be open.

If bug 995916 turns out to have the same root cause as this one then that's excellent.

Changed in unity:
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Changed in xchat (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Triaged
Changed in unity:
milestone: none → 5.14.0
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

If a fix was proposed and committed, and then a similar bug reoccurs, then it makes sense to start on a new bug.

This bug however has never even been attempted to be fixed by anyone. And is still causing me grief every day in 12.04.

summary: - Unity not showing Xchat/xchat-gnome is running
+ No launcher icon or Alt+Tab entry for xchat/xchat-gnome windows
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

See also:
Bug 995916: No launcher icon or Alt+Tab entry for Gimp windows
Bug 999171: No launcher icon or Alt+Tab entry for Scribus windows
Bug 762193: No launcher icon or Alt+Tab entry for xchat/xchat-gnome windows
Bug 951929: Unity launcher and Alt-Tab switcher missing entry for gnome-terminal

I hope they're all the same bug, but we won't really know until a fix is proposed.

Andrew Gryaznov (realgrandrew) wrote :

the same here for Dia window. It just does not show, no way to switch to it directly

meist3r (meist3r) wrote :

I have the same problem on a vanilla 12.04 install with all updates from the (non-proposed) repos. I have to manually quit Xchat to regain control of the app by launching it on an empty workspace.

This also happens for me with GIMP 2.8 and several other applications.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Niklas, see above. Gimp is covered by bug 995916.

Christian Reis (kiko) wrote :

So I do have a launcher item, and when I run X-Chat I get a little arrow to the left of it, but I don't have X-Chat in the alt-tab window.

Christian Reis (kiko) on 2012-06-22
security vulnerability: no → yes
security vulnerability: yes → no
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

this is exactly the same bug as the one with the skype and possible any other application with the option 'minimize to tray' unity basically thinks the app is closed when its minimized to tray so loses track of it. Might make sense to re-title to reflect a more wider case.

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :
Changed in unity:
milestone: 5.14.0 → 5.16.0
Changed in unity:
milestone: 5.16.0 → 5.18.0
Changed in unity:
milestone: 5.18.0 → 7.0.0
Luis Alvarado (luisalvarado) wrote :

As of today, after checking, X-Chat appears in both, the launcher icons and the ALT-TAB Window.

Michał Sawicz (saviq) wrote :

This happened to me on and off under 12.10, now under raring it seems to be a problem all of the time.

xchat-gnome:
  Installed: 1:0.30.0~git20110821.e2a400-0.2ubuntu7
  Candidate: 1:0.30.0~git20110821.e2a400-0.2ubuntu7
  Version table:
 *** 1:0.30.0~git20110821.e2a400-0.2ubuntu7 0
        500 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ raring/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

Stephen M. Webb (bregma) on 2013-04-04
Changed in unity:
milestone: 7.0.0 → 7.0.1
Rick Clark (dendrobates) wrote :

I had this worked around by adding xchat to the systray-whitelist in com->canonical->unity->panel. Now in raring, that no longer works.

This is an extremely frustrating bug. If I can't use the Apps I want, without this difficulty, Unity is useless to me.

Alex Moldovan (alexmoldovan) wrote :

I use Xchat intensively and I haven't been able to reproduce the bug since Precise. After Precise it stopped being an issue. I haven't played with the systray-whitelist. On a fresh install of Precise, Quantal or Raring this bug is no loner available.

@ Rick Clark (dendrobates) - could you boot using a 12.04.2 live-cd (http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/) or the latest (http://releases.ubuntu.com/raring/) and once at the desktop install Xchat and test?
This test will assure that the issue is reproducible in a neutral and controlled environment.

Stephen M. Webb (bregma) wrote :

I have not experienced any problems with the xchat icon in the Launcher or Switcher in the last few Ubuntu release.

However, choosing the "Minimize to Tray" option in the dialog presented when closing the xchat application causes the icon to disappear from the Launcher and Switcher even though the application continues to run. There is no way to reopen the GUI for the running application: the only option is to use the command line to kill the application instance.

A quick glance through the xchat source code reveals that the application itself was written to assume a Gnome2 system tray is present and does its own window management accordingly.

I don't believe there is much unity can do if an application is misbehaving like that. I think the solution lies in fixing the application.

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