[xmonad] Issue 290 in xmonad: Windows are no longer visible but are still there

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Wed Apr 29 05:37:01 EDT 2009

Status: New
Owner: nomeata
Labels: Type-Defect Usability

New issue 290 by nomeata: Windows are no longer visible but are still there

This is a bug that was reported by Stefano Zacchiroli via
Package: xmonad
Version: 0.8.1-3
Severity: important

I've been observing this phenomenon for a while, but unfortunately it
is not deterministic. I'm using xmonad (conf attached) with xcompmgr
and gnome, xmonad is run from the gnome-session mechanism.

 From time to time, a single window decide to "disappear" in the sense
that it no longer shows its content, showing rather what is below
(usually the background). The window, however, is still there and is
affected by the usual window actions: resizing, workspace switch,
layout change, ... It is just that is completely useless as it is
invisible. The only "solution" is close the window and re-open it (if
the application permits that).

FWIW, I experience a similar (but not quite the same) phenomenon
sometimes when switching from one window to the other. The one I
switched from disappear, to reappear when it got focused again.

That makes me believe that the bug might be related to the
FadeInactive extension that I'm using. If this is the case, the bug
should possibly be reassigned to libghc6-xmonad-contrib-dev. Still, I
do not consider an acceptable behaviour for the main window manager to
permit this kind of situations.

The mentioned attached logfile was missing from the mail. I’ll ask Zack to
add it here.

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