[Xquartz-dev] x11-exec

Jeremy Huddleston jeremyhu at berkeley.edu
Sat Dec 15 08:55:09 PST 2007

Hi Derek,

I think there are two things here, really... the short-term fix, and  
the long-term fix.  Right now, I think it's best to try to get a fix  
that solves the problem as easily as we can without being too much of  
an ugly hack.

For the long term, some people have suggested separate icons for each  
X window.  That is completely impractical at the server level, but if  
we start putting that onto quartz-wm's shoulders it is theoretically  
possible.  I look at things like vmware fusion that create .app  
bundles on the fly for windows applications, and I see that it is  
possible... I'm just not very close to understanding how.

Additionally, the server needs a dock icon for now, since it is the  
only way a user has to bring it to the foreground.

On Dec 15, 2007, at 07:59, Derek Fawcus wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 12:04:44PM -0800, Jeremy Huddleston wrote:
>> Well the one that "represents the X applications" *is* the X server.
> I realise that.  I was asking 'does it help if we were to change  
> that?'
>  1) Have something else represent the X applications
>  2) Have a seperate program (maybe w/o an icon?) for the Xserver
> Then we have two ways in which things get started:
>  1) Automatic (no manual start of Xquartz,  so no icon for it per-se)
>  2) Manual (so an actual Dock icon for the server,  and the existing  
> one for the 'Apps')
> The only reason I suggest this is that i've a vague memory of the
> server code playing games to fake out the Dock's view of which
> program is in the forground when an actual X appliation is running.
> Output by the Xserver when it's in the background would not be an  
> issue,
> the only difficulty is getting k/b input.  One could simply have the
> 'X app program' feed such to the server say XTEST,  or via some other
> back door channel.
> DF
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