[PATCH] Introduce keyboard grabbing protocol

Constantine Kharlamov hi-angel at ya.ru
Tue Aug 30 16:33:17 UTC 2016

2016-08-30 15:22 GMT+02:00 Jonas Ã…dahl <jadahl at gmail.com>:
> I think having a grab would mean one is focused. Though the point of
> having a key grabbing protocol is simply to override the compositors
> keybindings. A virtual machine will be very annoying to work with if
> you can't have the VM or remote desktop client override those. For
> example I want to Alt-Tab inside the VM or inside the remotely
> controlled desktop; I wouldn't want to be forced to reconfigure all
> remotely controlled desktops or virtual machines to use Ctrl-Tab.

Hello, coming here from the news.

I'm having the opposite use-case: at office I need to work with WinXP in VirtualBox, and it is annoying as hell that I have to press an additional key to switch desktop/window in the host system. It is annoying enough, that the fact that an ancient version of Awesome WM didn't allow to grab its keys become a show stopper for upgrading Awesome, for migrating to i3, and now to upgrading whole system.

If one really wants some apps to grub Compositor's keys, I think the compositors should offer the user to (dis)allow it.

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