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#1 2019-08-13 19:36:08

teal
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Registered: 2012-12-07
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Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

After an upgrade to 4.14 I see a very strange and puzzling behaviour described below. Did somebody encounter something similar - and if yes, how it can be solved?

I have an application shortcut which is bound to a command 'xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu'. Before an upgrade to 4.14, it worked as expected - it poped up an application menu on the same place on the screen where the application menu would have appeared had I clicked an 'Application Menu' button on a panel with the left mouse button. After an upgrade though, it usually runs a command 'xfdesktop --menu' instead. To be more precise, immediately after logging in when I use the shortcut it usually pops up an application menu. After the shortcut is used once or twice (each use is separated by an action which closes the application menu - for example by pressing 'Esc'. Also, number of times the shortcut should be used till the problem starts occurring is not deterministic and change all the time - may be once or twice, may be more), the following press does not pop up an application menu, but causes the application menu button to appear pressed, and to stay appear pressed from now on (that is, pressing 'Esc' doesn't change the button's appearance). Then all the following attempts to use the shortcut pop up the same menu which appears when a command 'xfdesktop --menu' is ran. This continues to happen until the application menu button is clicked with the left mouse button - this action pops up application menu. After application menu disappears (for example, if 'Esc' is pressed), application menu stops appearing pressed. If shortcut is pressed again on this stage, the whole cycle described above repeats itself.

The same problem happens if shortcut key bound to the command is changed, deleting/recreating the shortcut does not help.

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#2 2019-08-13 21:14:42

ToZ
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

Can we see the list of your keyboard shortcuts?

xfconf-query -c xfce4-keyboard-shortcuts -lv

Also, can you post your ~/.xsession-errors file (if your distro uses one).

And finally, try running xfsettingsd in debug mode from a terminal window:

XFSETTINGSD_DEBUG=1 xfsettingsd --replace --no-daemon

This will start generating output. Use your system as you do and when you experience the problem again, grab the last screen or two of output and post it back here.

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#3 2019-08-14 05:24:16

teal
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

There is no .xsession-errors present.

Here is a list of shortcuts:

/commands/custom/<Alt>F2                   xfce4-appfinder --collapsed
/commands/custom/<Alt>F3                   xfce4-appfinder
/commands/custom/<Alt>period               /home/user/.bin/screenoff
/commands/custom/<Control><Alt>Delete      xflock4
/commands/custom/override                  true
/commands/custom/<Primary><Alt>b           firefox
/commands/custom/<Primary><Alt>f           /home/user/.bin/krusader-my
/commands/custom/<Primary><Alt>t           /usr/bin/xfce4-terminal
/commands/custom/<Primary>Escape           xfdesktop --menu
/commands/custom/Print                     xfce4-screenshooter -f -s /home/user/a/misc/screenshots/
/commands/custom/Super_L                   xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu
/commands/custom/<Super>p                  xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/custom/XF86Display               xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/custom/XF86Mail                  exo-open --launch MailReader
/commands/custom/XF86WWW                   exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/commands/default/<Alt>F1                  xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu
/commands/default/<Alt>F2                  xfce4-appfinder --collapsed
/commands/default/<Alt>F2/startup-notify   true
/commands/default/<Alt>F3                  xfce4-appfinder
/commands/default/<Alt>F3/startup-notify   true
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>Delete     xflock4
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>l          xflock4
/commands/default/<Primary><Alt>t          exo-open --launch TerminalEmulator
/commands/default/<Primary>Escape          xfdesktop --menu
/commands/default/Print                    xfce4-screenshooter
/commands/default/<Super>p                 xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/default/XF86Display              xfce4-display-settings --minimal
/commands/default/XF86Mail                 exo-open --launch MailReader
/commands/default/XF86WWW                  exo-open --launch WebBrowser
/providers                                 <<UNSUPPORTED>>
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>End            move_window_next_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>Home           move_window_prev_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_1           move_window_workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_2           move_window_workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_3           move_window_workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_4           move_window_workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_5           move_window_workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_6           move_window_workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_7           move_window_workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_8           move_window_workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Control>KP_9           move_window_workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>Delete                  del_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F10                     maximize_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F11                     fullscreen_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F12                     above_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F4                      close_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F6                      stick_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F7                      move_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F8                      resize_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>F9                      hide_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>Insert                  add_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt><Shift>Tab              cycle_reverse_windows_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>space                   popup_menu_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Alt>Tab                     cycle_windows_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>d              show_desktop_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>Down           down_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Alt>Up             up_workspace_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Shift><Alt>Left    move_window_left_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Shift><Alt>Right   move_window_right_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Control><Shift><Alt>Up      move_window_up_key
/xfwm4/custom/Down                         down_key
/xfwm4/custom/Escape                       cancel_key
/xfwm4/custom/Left                         left_key
/xfwm4/custom/override                     true
/xfwm4/custom/Right                        right_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Shift><Alt>Page_Down        lower_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Shift><Alt>Page_Up          raise_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/<Super>Tab                   switch_window_key
/xfwm4/custom/Up                           up_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>Delete                 del_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F10                    maximize_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F11                    fullscreen_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F12                    above_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F4                     close_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F6                     stick_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F7                     move_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F8                     resize_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>F9                     hide_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>Insert                 add_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt><Shift>Tab             cycle_reverse_windows_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>space                  popup_menu_key
/xfwm4/default/<Alt>Tab                    cycle_windows_key
/xfwm4/default/<Control>F2                 workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/default/<Control>F4                 workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/default/Down                        down_key
/xfwm4/default/Escape                      cancel_key
/xfwm4/default/Left                        left_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>d             show_desktop_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Down          down_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>End           move_window_next_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Home          move_window_prev_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_1          move_window_workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_2          move_window_workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_3          move_window_workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_4          move_window_workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_5          move_window_workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_6          move_window_workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_7          move_window_workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_8          move_window_workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>KP_9          move_window_workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Left          left_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Right         right_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Alt>Up            up_workspace_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F1                 workspace_1_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F10                workspace_10_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F11                workspace_11_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F12                workspace_12_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F2                 workspace_2_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F3                 workspace_3_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F4                 workspace_4_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F5                 workspace_5_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F6                 workspace_6_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F7                 workspace_7_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F8                 workspace_8_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary>F9                 workspace_9_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Left   move_window_left_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Right  move_window_right_key
/xfwm4/default/<Primary><Shift><Alt>Up     move_window_up_key
/xfwm4/default/Right                       right_key
/xfwm4/default/<Shift><Alt>Page_Down       lower_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Shift><Alt>Page_Up         raise_window_key
/xfwm4/default/<Super>Tab                  switch_window_key
/xfwm4/default/Up                          up_key

And here is the log until reproduction:

xfce4-settings(xsettings): _XSETTINGS_S0 registered on screen 0
xfce4-settings(xsettings): 30 settings changed (serial=0, len=1172)
xfce4-settings(xsettings): resource manager (xft) changed (len=123)
xfce4-settings(displays): Detected CRTC 63.
xfce4-settings(displays): Detected CRTC 64.
xfce4-settings(displays): Detected output 65 LVDS1.
xfce4-settings(displays): Detected output 67 HDMI1.
xfce4-settings(displays): CRTC 63 assigned to LVDS1.
xfce4-settings(displays): CRTC 64 assigned to HDMI1.
xfce4-settings(displays): CRTC 64, output list[0] -> 67.
xfce4-settings(displays): Total 1 active output(s).
xfce4-settings(displays): Normalized CRTC 64: size=1920x1200, pos=0x0.
xfce4-settings(displays): min_h = 200, min_w = 320, max_h = 8192, max_w = 8192, prev_h = 1200, prev_w = 1920, prev_hmm = 318, prev_wmm = 508, h = 1200, w = 1920, hmm = 318, wmm = 508.
xfce4-settings(displays): Configuring CRTC 63.
xfce4-settings(displays): Configuring CRTC 64.
xfce4-settings(displays): Applying changes to CRTC 64.
xfce4-settings(displays): Applying CRTC 64 Transform: x=1.000000 y=1.000000, filter=nearest.
xfce4-settings(pointers): initialized xi 2.3
xfce4-settings(pointers): [AlpsPS/2 ALPS GlidePoint] Changed device property Synaptics_Tap_Action
xfce4-settings(keyboards): initialized xkb 1.0
xfce4-settings(keyboards): set auto repeat on
xfce4-settings(keyboards): set key repeat (delay=500, rate=50)
xfce4-settings(keyboards): set numlock on
xfce4-settings(accessibility): AccessXKeys disabled
xfce4-settings(accessibility): stickykeys disabled
xfce4-settings(accessibility): slowkeys disabled
xfce4-settings(accessibility): bouncekeys disabled
xfce4-settings(accessibility): mousekeys disabled
xfce4-settings(keyboard-shortcuts): 14 shortcuts loaded
xfce4-settings(fontconfig): monitoring 81 paths
xfce4-settings(workspaces): 5 desktop names set from xfconf
xfce4-settings(keyboard-shortcuts): activated "Super_L" (command="xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu", snotify=0, stamp=16942513)

While the last line of the log says that the command is "xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu", this is the case when wrong menu was poped up. And the same line is printed in cases when correct menu is poped up, only timestamp differs (it is not included in the log above since the only difference in the output is more lines identical to the last one which differ only in stamp)

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#4 2019-08-14 20:51:42

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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu is shell script that tries to run application menu and if it fails runs xfdesktop menu.

cat /usr/bin/xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu
....
# try to open panel menu, if this fails try xfdesktop
/usr/bin/xfce4-panel --plugin-event=applicationsmenu:popup:bool:$ATPOINTER || xfdesktop --menu
....

If the applications menu is not in the panel both next command fails

/usr/bin/xfce4-panel --plugin-event=applicationsmenu:popup:bool:false
/usr/bin/xfce4-panel --plugin-event=applicationsmenu:popup:bool:true

The first one is suppose to open menu at the panel and the second one at mouse pointer.

Since you have an applications menu, try running that command and see if it fails and returns some error message.

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#5 2019-08-16 10:38:26

teal
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

I tried to debug the problem a bit - the command (xfce4-panel --plugin-event=applicationsmenu:popup:bool:true) indeed returns error code 1, and I see that the failure is in the call to a function panel_dbus_client_plugin_event - it seems that the event on the remote side didn't succeed (function's return value is 1, while  remote_succeed is 0). I am not familiar with the code, so it is a bit hard to debug the remote side (especially since the problem may be somewhere in dbus communication or somewhere deep in gtk) - is there some easier way to understand the problem? Logs don't tell anything that seems interesting: whenever the shortcut is used, a message 'no trigger event for menu popup' appears in panel's log, but it happens even when the application menu pops up as it should.

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#6 2019-08-16 12:07:47

ToZ
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

teal wrote:

I see that the failure is in the call to a function panel_dbus_client_plugin_event

Is your dbus environment set up properly?

Which distro are you using?
Are you running a display manager and if so, which one?

What does the following return?

env | grep DBUS

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#7 2019-08-16 14:25:07

teal
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

It seems that dbus is running fine - at least  the daemon is up, and I can connect to it and query successfully. I use archlinux, running slim as a display manager. DBUS env. variable is: 'DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/run/user/1000/bus'

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#8 2019-08-16 14:48:31

ToZ
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

teal wrote:

It seems that dbus is running fine - at least  the daemon is up, and I can connect to it and query successfully. I use archlinux, running slim as a display manager. DBUS env. variable is: 'DBUS_SESSION_BUS_ADDRESS=unix:path=/run/user/1000/bus'

Do you source the /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d/50-systemd-user.sh file in your startup scripts - where it sets up the systemd dbus environment?

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#9 2019-08-16 15:42:24

teal
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

It seems so: slim runs the following command after login - 'exec /bin/bash -login ~/.xinitrc %session', and ~/.xinitrc sources everything from /etc/X11/xinit/xinitrc.d, 50-systemd-user.sh among them.

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#10 2019-08-16 18:26:57

ToZ
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Re: Shortcut bound to pop up application menu usually pops up desktop menu

Okay. I'm seeing the same thing now. I had disabled desktop icons and was then seeing the same applications menu and was confusing the two.

I get the error: "(xfce4-panel:22367): Gtk-WARNING **: 14:16:16.727: no trigger event for menu popup" when it works correctly, which is weird. When it doesn't work, there is no message displayed.

I reported a bug back in November related to a similar occurrence (see https://bugzilla.xfce.org/show_bug.cgi?id=14892). It looks like it affects this as well. Please add your information to that bug report.

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