jEdit hypersearch window focus on Ubuntu

sktsee sktsee at
Thu Jun 18 19:33:11 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2009-06-17 at 22:05 +0100, Colin Law wrote: 
> 2009/6/17 Colin Law <clanlaw at>:
> > I have a problem using jEdit on Ubuntu. I have tried the jEdit forum
> > without success.  Perhaps someone here can offer some suggestions.
> >
> > I am using jEdit 4.3pre16, java 1.6.0_10 on Ubuntu 8.10.
> >
> > The problem is that when I perform a hypersearch, the floating
> > hypersearch window is given the focus (its title bar changes colour if
> > the bar is visible on screen) but it is not popped up on top of any
> > other application's windows that may cover it.  If the window is
> > completely covered by other windows then I have to manually select it
> > in the task bar (which minimises it) then select it again to pop it up.
> > It works fine in XP, but then not much else does.
> >
> I have received a suggestion via the jEdit forum that I need to set
> raise-on-focus in my Ubuntu window settings but I cannot find how to
> do this. Google has not been particularly helpful.
> Can anyone help?
> Colin

You're probably running into your window manager's "focus stealing
prevention" behavior. If your window manager is metacity, then you're
going to be out of luck, as I don't believe that there's a configurable
option to disable focus stealing prevention. You could, though, set the
hypersearch window to "Always on top" as a workaround.

If your window manager is compiz (i.e. you've got desktop effects
enabled), then you can use gconf-editor set the following
key:  /apps/compiz/general/screen0/options/focus_prevention_level equal
to 0 disable it. I don't have desktop effects enabled, so I can't
definitively say this will work. Try it and see.

Another alternative to consider if you don't want/need to enable desktop
effects is to use a different window manager like fluxbox. I can confirm
that jedit's hypersearch window grabs focus as you would expect when
running under fluxbox. 


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