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Bug 84384 - gnome-terminal loses keyboard focus (tabbed mode)
Summary: gnome-terminal loses keyboard focus (tabbed mode)
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: vte
Version: 9
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Nalin Dahyabhai
QA Contact:
Depends On:
Blocks: 79578
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2003-02-15 11:04 UTC by Warren Togami
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:51 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2003-05-11 19:59:10 UTC

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Description Warren Togami 2003-02-15 11:04:38 UTC
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Description of problem:
gnome-terminal when used in tabbed mode often will lose keyboard focus when
switching back & forth between other windows.  This is sometimes difficult to
reproduce but it happens quite often for me on several systems.  The normally
solid black cursor is stuck as the outline-only cursor and clicking the window
does not gain focus.

WORKAROUND: If you click on the "Go" menu and select "Previous Tab" or "Next
Tab" it regains the solid black cursor and keyboard focus.

Recent Rawhide versions of gnome-terminal began to exhibit this behavior.  I
think I didn't experience this problem with the initial gnome-terminal in
Phoebe2, but not entirely sure.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

Comment 1 Havoc Pennington 2003-02-15 14:26:41 UTC
I think the problem is just that clicking the terminal area doesn't focus it, so 
if you somehow get the focus elsewhere (e.g. clicking the active tab)
then you are in a fix.

Comment 2 Matt Wilson 2003-02-16 19:23:41 UTC
are you switching focus  between the windows using the keyboard (Alt+Tab or

Comment 3 Warren Togami 2003-02-16 19:41:15 UTC
Yeah, Havoc was right.  Steps to reproduce:
1. Open gnome-terminal.
2. Hit CTRL-SHIFT-T a few times to open a few tabs.
3. Double-click on any tab.

Comment 4 Matt Wilson 2003-02-20 02:47:29 UTC
how is this a bug?  you're focusing the tab.  just hit tab to get back in the
next group (i.e., the terminal widget).

Comment 5 Matt Wilson 2003-02-20 02:48:46 UTC
IOW, Havoc, why are you allowing tabs to be focused?  And you want vte to grab
focus when someone clicks on it?

Comment 6 Matt Wilson 2003-02-20 02:51:44 UTC
this is fixed in GNOME CVS - clicking in the VTE widget grabs focus

Comment 7 Nalin Dahyabhai 2003-02-20 03:59:05 UTC
The tab can be focused for keynav purposes.  Either way, this should be fixed in
0.10.21 and later.

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