[TAG] Mozilla hogging the screen
Benjamin A. Okopnik
ben at linuxgazette.net
Thu Sep 1 07:39:15 MSD 2005
On Wed, Aug 31, 2005 at 08:22:25AM +0100, Neil Youngman wrote:
> Mozilla has started hogging my screen. I can select other windows, but if
> Mozilla is maximised it remains in front of them. There is presumably a
> setting somewhere that is causing this behaviour, but the only setting I can
> find I can't seem to change. FYI, this is in KDE.
> If I right click the Mozilla title bar and select advanced->special window
> settings->preferences, there is a checkbox either side of the "keep above"
> setting. The checkbox on the right is checked and greyed out. With a little
> fiddling I can get it unchecked, but if I click OK and then reopen the window
> to check it, I find that it is selected again.
> I don't know if that setting is the source of the problem, but the other
> windows don't have it checked, so it's a good candidate.
> Any ideas how to fix this one?
Hmm. Perhaps one or two - my Firefox started doing some ugly thing a
while back, so I whacked it over the head a couple of times, and will
happily relate what LART I used. :) Mind you, this is in the nature of
shotgunning rather than troubleshooting (I can hear the sounds of
retching from the other techies here, but, hey, it works - and I didn't
feel like pulling down a hundred meg or so of code and wanking through
1) Move your ~/.mozilla to, say, /tmp/DOTmoz.
2) Start Mozilla.
3) If $UGLY_BEHAVIOR is still present, uninstall the mozilla package
(making sure to blow away, or at least _move_ away all the stuff
in "/usr/lib" and "/etc") and reinstall from scratch. If it's
still there, curse life and file a bug. :) Otherwise -
4) Make a copy of your new ~/.mozilla (as, say, /tmp/DOTmoz_default.)
Start replacing the subdirectories in the one in $HOME, one
at a time, from /tmp/DOTmoz until the problem reappears. Narrow
it down to the specific file, then diff that file against the
default one. The line causing the problem should be relatively
obvious - since Mozilla uses more-or-less sensible, descriptive
names for their config variables.
To (mis)quote the folks at the Mozilla Project, "it worked for me."
* Ben Okopnik * Editor-in-Chief, Linux Gazette * http://linuxgazette.net *
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