[Konsole-devel] [RFC] Remove the --background-mode feature.

Jekyll Wu adaptee at gmail.com
Sat Nov 17 15:27:32 UTC 2012

I would propose removing the --background-mode feature from konsole, 
because it was and is still a very hacky and immature feature even after 
it has been added for 4 years.

Its problems:

1. it only works for the very first window. The global shortcut only 
toggles the visibility of the very first window.

2. it doesn't remember and restore the position of the first window

3, it has never been further polished or developed after it was added.

Another strong proof is there are only 2 related reports about that 
option on bugs.kde.org :


it is for a strange and unreproduciable startup warning message, not 
directly related with this --background-mode feature itself.


That is why this --background-mode option was introduced. See comment #3.

A feature receiving almost zero bug reports is either perfect, or is 
something nobody uses .  Based upon my above observation of its 
problems, I really think the latter explanation looks more convincing.

All in all, I feel that option is more like a trick or demonstration of 
  "we can also do what yakuake does. well, kind of", other than a 
well-designed and mature feature. Although I have not got any 
statistics, I really doubt how many users really like, use or even know 
about that feature.

Any idea ?


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