Workspace Settings number keys do not work

Bug #1271883 reported by Elfy on 2014-01-23
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
xfwm4 (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Setting the number of workspaces can be done with the up and down arrows.

Using the number keys to set workspaces doesn't work.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 14.04
Package: xfwm4 4.10.1-2ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.13.0-5.20-generic 3.13.0
Uname: Linux 3.13.0-5-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 2.13.1-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CasperVersion: 1.336ubuntu1
CurrentDesktop: XFCE
Date: Thu Jan 23 10:36:22 2014
LiveMediaBuild: Xubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" - Alpha amd64 (20140121.1)
SourcePackage: xfwm4
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Elfy (elfy) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in xfwm4 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu Package testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:

tags: added: package-qa-testing
In , Elfy (elfy) wrote :

When in Workspace Settings you can use the arrow keys to increase or decrease the number of workspaces.

Keypad doesn't work.

In , Elfy (elfy) wrote :

xfwm4 version

4.11.1 (revision 2b800f4)

Changed in xfwm4 (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium

Created attachment 5385
make workspace_count_spinbutton editable

Proposed patch is available in the upstream bug report.

Changed in xfwm4:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed

I personally think that this is a design decision and that this is rightfully so. Who on earth would *need* to increase their amount of workspaces by so much that they'd need to type in there? Don't forget: updating this setting takes effect immediately so typing e.g. a few numbers to many (instead of going for "11" you go for "111" or even "1111") ends up creating all those workspaces on the fly.

So I think it's actually safer to just increase the value step by step. Whoever wants to bump their workspace amount to an insanely high number (which would take too much time with the spinbuttons) can do so via xfconf-query or even via the GUI of xfce4-settings-editor.

In , Elfy (elfy) wrote :

That's fine - I can understand the logic in that. Not being privy to design decisions, if something works one day then doesn't work the next - then it's a bug to me ;)

Just another small note: GtkSpinButtons are editable by default, so this setting was indeed changed consciously (and hence most likely purposefully). The best explanation that I can come up with is the one I gave earlier (obviously it wasn't me who took that decision).

Hopefully noone else than elfy noticed this regression of sorts. I'm closing the report as WONTFIX since we don't plan to do anything.

Changed in xfwm4:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
Changed in xfwm4 (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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