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(100/231) 2995230 - "Lockup" in Gnome with "focus follows mouse" and open w/SFTP

If the "Open File" dialog is bigger than the "Open with SFTP" dialog and you have activated "Select windows when the mouse moves over them" in gnome-window-properties, this causes the "SFTP" dialog to get covered / hidden below the "Open File" dialog.

The "Open File" dialog loses focus and cannot get moved using the title bar.

This makes jEdit appear to have locked up.

WORKAROUNDS (for this):
1. Move away the "Open File" dialog by pressing Alt and clicking anywhere in the window (you cannot move it away using the title bar) ("Alt" is probably the default in gnome-window-propertiees - otherwise try the Super/Win key)
2. Deactivate "Select windows when the mouse moves over them"
3. Resize the "Open File" dialog, before opening the (S)FTP dialog
4. Do not use Gnome / metacity ;)

I don't know if jEdit can force the SFTP dialog to get opened in front - but this should get done, if possible - although the bug is really with metacity probably.

Initially reported in comments (starting at #9) at

Submitted blueyed - 2010-05-01 - 15:36:22z Assigned nobody
Priority 5 Category virtual file systems
Status Open Group None
Resolution None Visibility No


2013-10-30 - 00:56:34z
Is it possible to reproduce this in KDE or any other window manager?