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Thread: "Child" windows get lost and/or moved by Unity

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    "Child" windows get lost and/or moved by Unity

    I have managed to lose 'child' windows in Unity a few times.

    For example, I started composing a new message in Thunderbird (so Thunderbird pops up the child window for composing the new message), and wanted to verify something in Wikipedia, so I clicked on the browser in the launcher (which was running in a different workspace) and it switched to that app/workspace. I completed my search, then clicked on Thunderbird's icon in the launcher to switch back. But nothing happened.

    I manually went back to the workspace containing Thunderbird, but the 'compose message' window was gone. I found it, all by itself, in a 3rd workspace using the workspace switcher !!

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    Re: "Child" windows get lost and/or moved by Unity

    That sounds like a bug.

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    No, but seriously. You say the windows move randomly between workstations? Does this only happen with Thunderbird, or does it happen with other applications?
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    Re: "Child" windows get lost and/or moved by Unity

    Quote Originally Posted by msammels View Post
    That sounds like a bug.



    No, but seriously. You say the windows move randomly between workstations? Does this only happen with Thunderbird, or does it happen with other applications?
    Well, when using the launcher to switch between apps/workspaces, yes. Not the original Window, just the 'child'. I'll try to find another app like Thunderbird that launches a child window and test it.

    Another app it struggles completely with is a java app I use, called JP passwords. When it has a child window open, sometimes even when not, I often can't find it again anywhere. One time it was half off the edge of a workspace!

    A bug? Yep, I think so

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    Re: "Child" windows get lost and/or moved by Unity

    OK, verified. I opened the home folder in Nautilus, right clicked on a text file and opened it in gedit.

    I then used Launcher to switch back to Chromium (in a different workspace), then to switch back to Nautilus. The result was a bit different this time - Nautilus popped up, in the same workspace as Chromium (where it wasn't before), and half off the screen to the left.

    The desktop is definitely forgetting/changing window positions.

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