DesktopAuto Raise with Gnome on OpenSuSE 12.1

I have successfully installed OpenSuSE 12.1 on my AMD64 PhenomII X3 and am using GNOME as my window manager. I configured the desktop with the Applications -> Advanced Settings -> Window focus mode -> Mouse, and the window focus now follows the mouse but can’t do an auto raise. Previous OpenSuSE 11.3 that I had with GNOME was able to do an auto focus/raise. If I use KDE4 as window manager, this isn’t an issue. So, is it possible to configure a GNOME window manager to do an auto focus/raise? If so, how?

So, can anyone please help on this issue?

If I understand correctly what you are trying to achieve, you’ll need to install gconf-editor. I’m not sure if it is installed by default, but you can search for it either through YaST > Software Management or using zypper in a terminal/console like this.

zypper se -s gconf-editor

If it is not installed, install it in YaST > Software Management or in a terminal using the following command:

su -c 'zypper install gconf-editor'

Once it is installed on your system open gconf-editor in a terminal/console with the command


Navigate to apps > metacity > general and enable auto-raise.

Yes and you understood me correctly. I followed your suggestion to make the necessary changes. Also, I had to logout, issue a Ctrl+Alt+Backspace Key to reload X, and login. Now, auto raise is working.

Thank you.