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    Default Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    I am using openSUSE 12.2 x86_64 KDE.

    Sometimes when switching virtual desktops I get one or more orphan floating close buttons, which do not seem to go away unless I log out and log in again. Here is a screenshot.

    What is causing this display error and how can it be solved?

    Thanks.


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    josephkk NNTP User

    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:06:01 GMT, missingfaktor
    <missingfaktor@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    >I am using openSUSE 12.2 x86_64 KDE.
    >
    >Sometimes when switching virtual desktops I get one or more orphan
    >floating close buttons, which do not seem to go away unless I log out
    >and log in again. Here is a screenshot.
    >
    >What is causing this display error and how can it be solved?
    >
    >Thanks.
    >
    >[image: http://i.imgur.com/emIoZ.jpg]


    I suspect that they are message, warning, or error windows that are
    minimized in a funny way. Please try to expand the window in the usual
    way and see what you get, if anything. We might all learn something if
    you report back.

    ?-)

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    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    Quote Originally Posted by josephkk View Post
    On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 14:06:01 GMT, missingfaktor
    <missingfaktor@no-mx.forums.opensuse.org> wrote:

    >
    >I am using openSUSE 12.2 x86_64 KDE.
    >
    >Sometimes when switching virtual desktops I get one or more orphan
    >floating close buttons, which do not seem to go away unless I log out
    >and log in again. Here is a screenshot.
    >
    >What is causing this display error and how can it be solved?
    >
    >Thanks.
    >
    >[image: http://i.imgur.com/emIoZ.jpg]


    I suspect that they are message, warning, or error windows that are
    minimized in a funny way. Please try to expand the window in the usual
    way and see what you get, if anything. We might all learn something if
    you report back.

    ?-)
    Thank you for your response. These buttons appear only when you are switching desktop. Once you stabilize on one, they vanish. As such they are not tangible. :-(

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    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    This time I have a whole ghost window. http://i.imgur.com/D5VvK.jpg

    I restarted KWin. That made this ghost go away but I lost my other virtual desktops too. http://i.imgur.com/1WAAU.png

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    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    I have the same issues with KDE 4.9 though I have Gentoo/Sabayon as distribution. The orphaned closer buttons and even dialogue windows seem to occur if certain screen-edge actions are enabled and used using the default settings.

    I have isolated this to ¨Present Windows on all desktops¨ where if in the control panel of Desktop Effects for ¨Present Windows¨ the option ¨Provide buttons to close windows¨ is enabled. Closing any window in this display leaves the closer button behind which can not then be removed except by logging out and back in.

    Switching this off prevents the closer buttons being displayed and so being orphaned. However this is not really a solution should you want to close windows in this display. For the rest of us we just want to see what is available on all dektops and probably switch to an application displayed.

    I hope this helps as it is a KDE 4 issue not tied to any distro.

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    dd NNTP User

    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    On 12/09/2012 04:06 PM, CxOrg wrote:
    > I hope this helps as it is a KDE 4 issue not tied to any distro.


    then i'm confused a little...why not just file a bug report with the KDE
    folks? here https://bugs.kde.org/

    of course, maybe i missunderstand you posting here, but posting an
    informative but non-questioning post in the Applications Forum -
    Questions about desktops (KDE, Gnome, XFCE, etc.), software applications
    (configuration, usage, bugs, documentation)

    won't do anything for getting the problem fixed...because neither the
    KDe nor openSUSE hackers come here to look for work to do....these
    forums are where volunteer users help other users..

    we can fix the bug you post about..

    if you wish you can enter the bug into the openSUSE bugzilla
    <http://tinyurl.com/nzhq7j> but you have already determined it is not an
    openSUSE problem, so that would just slow down the process of getting
    the info to the KDE folks...so that is why i recommend you log at bug
    directly with the KDE hackers..

    --
    dd

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    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    You are right it is a known KDE bug and so is in process with the KDE team. Your users may benefit from my analysis/work-around in the mean time.

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    dd NNTP User

    Default Re: Orphan floating close button when switching virtual desktop

    On 12/09/2012 11:26 PM, CxOrg wrote:
    > Your users may benefit from my analysis/work-around


    thanks for coming by and taking the time to share!! mighty friendly of
    you...

    --
    dd

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