Kwin config for Gimp

Scott Kitterman ubuntu at
Sat Mar 12 19:34:25 UTC 2011

On Saturday, March 12, 2011 02:16:37 pm Yuval Levy wrote:
> On March 12, 2011 10:21:27 AM Scott Kitterman wrote:
> > On Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:02:09 am Yuval Levy wrote:
> > > expected behavior: the three windows listed above come to the forefront
> > > 
> > > observed behavior: only the main window comes to the forefront
> > 
> > OK.  I see this.
> I am happy I was able to show you this.
> > If Gimp works as multiple independent processes, I'm not
> > sure what the window manager is supposed to do about that?  I know of no
> > other application that behaves this way.
> Personally I have learned to live with this (and many other) papercuts in
> Kubuntu.  It still suits my needs better than anything else out there. 
> Thank you for making it available.
> > I agree it's suboptimal, but I think unusable is an exaggeration.
> If you were using Gimp often enough, I would not have had to show you the
> dissonance between actual and expected behavior.  I am myself an occasional
> user and can live with the current situation, but I can also imagine that
> for those who work with Gimp on a daily basis, unusable is not an
> exaggeration.  I would like to use Gimp more if it was "more usable for
> me".

I was aware of the behavior, I just don't consider it a bug in Kwin.  I always 
viewed it as an oddity of Gimp.

> For a Gimp user the current behavior means a workaround of two extra steps,
> one of which does not even have a keyboard shortcut.  Not my definition of
> usable.

Based on the discussion in (see the 
other response to my last message) it looks like upstream has a pretty set 
position on this.  Given that Gimp is moving away from this unique model, I 
don't think it's something Kubuntu should deviate from upstream KDE over.

> It reminds me of a problem with a similar workaround in Kate:
> The workaround is an equally annoying two extra steps: change encoding to
> UTF-16 and then back to UTF-8.  If you are a programmer and use Kate
> frequently, you may deem this as being unusable.  A graphic designer would
> "agree it's suboptimal, but think ubusable is an exaggeration."
> > Next question: What's the kwin setting that's supposed to change this?
> I just saw this thread and thought I can help you see what I see.  I also
> listed what I would like to see - the one liner "expected behavior" above. 
> I am not knowledgeable enough of the technology to say what, if anything,
> should be changed in which software package or "standard".  Please accept
> my apology for leaving you with a hot potato in the hand:  You'll have to
> figure out for yourself what you want to do with my one liner "expected
> behavior" feedback.
> It is your software distribution, you rule.  I am thankful to you for
> distributing it to me and I will keep using it (mostly) silently until I
> find an alternative that better suits my needs.  I will keep trying to
> contribute where I can and where my contribution is welcome.

Thanks for clearing it up.  Your contribution to this discussion is certainly 
welcome.  I don't see a good immediate solution.

Scott K
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