KDE or Firefox desktop switching problem.problem?

Kevin Krammer kevin.krammer at gmx.at
Mon Nov 9 10:52:14 GMT 2009

On Sunday, 2009-11-08, Nikos Chantziaras wrote:
> On 11/08/2009 10:25 PM, Steven W. Orr wrote:
> > I'm on F10 + Firefox 3.5.4 that I got from http://blog.famillecollet.com/
> > + Thunderbird-
> >
> > Also, I did an update so I'm running kde 4.3.2.
> >
> > Here's the problem. I'm in tbird on desktop 1 with firefox running in
> > desktop 2, and a message has a URL in it. I click on the URL in tbird
> > which causes the URL to load in the firefox on desktop 2. But now for
> > some reason that I can't figure out, firefox pops over to desktop 1. If I
> > click and quickly switch to desktop 2 then I can usually get there before
> > firefox pops over to desktop 1.
> >
> > I happen to have kde window behaviour set to "Focus Follows Mouse" with
> > Focus Stealing prevention level to Low. Also, I have Default Applications
> > -> webrowser set to firefox.
> >
> > Can someone tell me if this is a firefox problem or a kde problem? Or how
> > to fix this or debug it?
> All I can tell you is that it doesn't happen here.  I'm on KDE 4.3.3
> though, Firefox 3.5.5 and Thunderbird 3.0b4.
> My settings are:
> Focus stealing prevention: Low
> Policy: Click to Focus
> Click raises active window: Enabled
> Show window list while switching windows: Enabled
> Traverse windows on all desktops: Disabled
> Desktop navigation wraps around: Enabled
> Popup desktop name on desktop switch: Disabled

It might also help to compare how the external helper setup in thunderbird is 
and maybe Firefox settings regarding new windows or new tabs.

Just in case this is something Firefox does because it thinks you want it to 
do that.

Kevin Krammer, KDE developer, xdg-utils developer
KDE user support, developer mentoring
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