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Thread: compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8 scrolling issues

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    compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8 scrolling issues

    Users of Viewport Switcher > Desktop-based Viewport Switching should be aware that there are issues with that plugin & the current 3.8+ gtk that will affect scrolling.
    Whether affected depends on use, most obvious will be scrolling in large files with gedit & long package lists in synaptic.

    This first was seen with a late committ to gtk in raring, the issue was 'fixed' by reverting the commit in 13.04.
    In 13.10 the change is now part of gtk so has returned.
    Initially I couldn't see what was causing this to occur in unity sessions, finally tracked down to the bindings for Desktop-based Viewport Switching. If they are set scrolling will be affected. (also affects gnome-flashback w/compiz
    Current bug on poor scrolling - 1184159
    Also have found that on a laptop if a usb mouse is attached the there is no scrolling at all with that mouse in numerous windows - 1200829

    While the bug was orig. on gtk it's more likely now only to be fixed in compiz. With the current state of bug fixing in compiz it's quite likely this will not be fixed in 13.10 or anytime in near future.
    In that case, if affected, then you'll need to disable the bindings in Desktop-basedViewport Switching or revert the gtk commit. Seeing as though I use 'scroll on desktop' the later is the only acceptable option here till fixed.
    So in meantime will provide gtk packages in ppa with commit reverted, have not yet seen any ill effects of doing so (& was never affected by bug that caused the commit in the first place..
    Last edited by mc4man; September 10th, 2013 at 02:40 PM. Reason: marking solved as likely will not be fixed in 13.10

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    Re: compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8 scrolling issues

    I think the probability of this being fixed in compiz is slim to none, same for some inadvertent change in gtk that resolves.
    (the later is more likely due to the current state of bug fixing in compiz which is none. Plus the history of compiz 0.9 is that fixes often tend to break something else anyway

    So here will continue to revert until such time that either the revert causes issues or compiz is dead & buried.

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    Re: compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8 scrolling issues

    I have just been watching the mir feedback session at vUDS. I asked if Compiz will be in 14.10. The answer is No, if all goes well. I had not heard any mention of Compiz in connection with Mir. So I thought I would ask just to confirm what I was kind of expecting.

    What we are going to get once 13.10 is released is complaints about Xmir that may be due to the usual Compiz/video driver issues.

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    Re: xmir compiz nouveau (nv50

    It's currently acknowledged that vsync is broken with nouveau & xmir on nv50 chips. (without xmir nv50 is perfect in X & compiz

    There are 2 possible kernel commits to support vsync at the kernel level for nv50 in nouveau, I've tested them & they work fine. The current downside is that the commits will drop the fps in compiz in half which, while not a critical defect, isn't good.
    When or if these commits show I've no idea, though again don't think there many or any capable people available to fix..

    (on a side note the commits fix vsync in nv50 in gnome-shell & clutter without the need to set an env for clutter.

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    Re: compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8 scrolling issues

    The 2 issues seen when enabling scroll on desktop bindings is being looked at now from the compiz end though it seems to really rest with gtk & xorg
    In that case there may not be a solution for 13.10 prior to release.

    edit: proposed fix in gtk/xorg works well here, if approved may show post release & in 14.04 which is the real target anyway
    Last edited by mc4man; November 26th, 2013 at 09:49 PM.

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    Re: compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8/3.10 scrolling issues

    To refresh -
    gtk3 has been fixed so 1 of the 3 bugs is gone (scrolling in an unfocused window

    The 2 other bugs that only surface when 'Desktop-based viewport scrolling' bindings are set aren't fixed. A patch submitted to xorg by a gtk dev has been rejected for some mumbo-jumbo reasons so resolution of this is at a roadblock. What will transpire over the next 2 months no clue.

    Till such time as fixed a patch xsever-xorg-core for trusty is here, I've found no issue using it & it does fix the 2 scroll on desktop bugs

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    Re: compiz 'scroll on desktop' & gtk-3.8 scrolling issues

    Seems to have finally been fixed in compiz by a persistent dev. Baring any regressions (none yet seen here) should show in compiz update in near future.

    Edit: one current regression, no Desktop focus with a window open
    Last edited by mc4man; April 5th, 2014 at 05:50 PM.


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