[dev] [dwm] Focus bug in 5.6 when using unclutter

From: Eivind Uggedal <eivind_AT_uggedal.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2009 09:22:59 +0200

After updating from 5.5 to 5.6 I encountered a bug relating to unclutter[1].
Steps to reproduse:

1. Start dwm 5.6 with default config and unclutter with default params.
2. Open more than one window in the active tag.
3. Wait until unclutter hides the cursor.
4. Switch to a window not focused by the previously visible cursor using the
5. The window border will start flickering (looking like it gets unfocused
and focused rapidly in succession).
6. The cursor will also start to flicker.
7. Using the keboard to focus the window the cursor was focusing when
visible will stop the flickering. Moving the cursor (so that unclutter
displays it again) will also stop the flicker until unclutter hides it

This bug was introduced in changeset 1418 37e3b2a40f6f [2]. The problem is
that XSetInputFocus is called through the unfocus() function from focus().
As I'm not familiar with Xlib I'm not sure how to fix this bug, but I've
been able to pinpoint the erroneous code and disable the XSetInputFocus call
when unfocus() is called from focus().

I've attached a patch against changeset 1477 aefd753cfe9b which does exactly
this. Note that this was made just to highlight which code path triggers the
described behavior and is not meant as a patch for fixing the bug.

[1]: http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/X11/contrib/utilities/unclutter-8.README
[2]: http://code.suckless.org/hg/dwm/rev/37e3b2a40f6f

Eivind Uggedal

Received on Mon Aug 03 2009 - 07:22:59 UTC

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