pointer grabs should time out

Torgeir Veimo torgeir at pobox.com
Thu Sep 2 04:50:41 PDT 2004

On Thu, 2004-09-02 at 12:47 +0100, Keith Whitwell wrote:
> Torgeir Veimo wrote:
> > I encountered a problem again today that has hit me several times
> over
> > the years; pointer grab by an X11 client that crashes. This has the
> > potential to take down the entire session. It happened to me when I
> used
> > acroread and selected a pull down menu, when it immediately crashed
> > after grabbing the pointer.
> > 
> > Shouldn't pointer grabs automatically time out after a given period
> of
> > time? This is a serious issue which can make a casual user believe
> the
> > entire server has crashed.
> Any scheme would have to work with apps like q3 which grab the pointer
> for 
> long periods and do no interaction with the X server in the meantime.
> You'd expect that the X server would notice when the network
> connection to the 
> client is broken & revoke the grab at that point - I'd be suprised if
> it 
> doesn't already - so I wonder why you're seeing this behaviour...

It might very well be metacity which is confused. But the problem is
still there, since a casual user wouldn't know how to switch to VC1 and
kill the program. I guess SAK support would fix it though..

Torgeir Veimo <torgeir at pobox.com>

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