Bug 34701 - Libreoffice doesn't interact well with awesome wm (and probably other tilers)
Summary: Libreoffice doesn't interact well with awesome wm (and probably other tilers)
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: LibreOffice (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: x86-64 (AMD64) Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Reported: 2011-02-25 00:56 UTC by ngoonee
Modified: 2015-07-20 02:20 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Description ngoonee 2011-02-25 00:56:51 UTC
If you have a dual screen with different awesome tags on each screen and libreoffice is open on the 2nd screen, scrolling or clicking on toolbars will cause the first screen to jump to the same tag as on the 2nd screen.

This bug was reported against openoffice as well. http://openoffice.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=96684

The reason the bug occurs is because awesome receives a _NET_CURRENT_DESKTOP open office client message.

The above bug-report claims latest development openoffice fixes it. I'm not sure how this reflects on libreoffice, whether the fix was incorporated or not.
Comment 1 Cédric Bosdonnat 2011-02-25 03:01:45 UTC
It should be integrated soon, but isn't integrated yet.
Comment 2 Björn Michaelsen 2011-12-23 11:46:16 UTC
[This is an automated message.]
This bug was filed before the changes to Bugzilla on 2011-10-16. Thus it
started right out as NEW without ever being explicitly confirmed. The bug is
changed to state NEEDINFO for this reason. To move this bug from NEEDINFO back
to NEW please check if the bug still persists with the 3.5.0 beta1 or beta2 prereleases.
Details on how to test the 3.5.0 beta1 can be found at:

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Comment 3 Troy Heber 2012-03-20 09:08:59 UTC
I can confirm this bug still exists in LibreOffice Build ID: 350m1(Build:102) from Debian Experimental Mar 20th 2012.
Comment 4 libgradev 2012-07-25 09:36:58 UTC
I can confirm this bug still exists in LibreOffice Build ID:
350m1(Build:3) on Archlinux.

3 monitor setup - causes only the main monitor to switch to the same tag if Libreoffice is acted upon (scroll or menu click) on another monitor.
Comment 5 ngoonee 2013-05-23 03:02:55 UTC
Still occurs in libreoffice 4.0.3. For me its changed slightly in that instead of switching to the matching tag it just switches off ALL tags on monitor 1. This could be linked to my constantly-changing awesome config though. Nonetheless, no reason libreoffice should do the WM's job (poorly).

https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=96684 indicates this is fixed for them, including where the fix was applied.

Please apply the same fix for libreoffice.
Comment 6 libgradev 2014-01-07 16:34:46 UTC
Still happening with

Now every time a menu is clicked on all other monitors switch to no tag (blank desktop).

As ngoonee states the fix is available at the OpenOffice link he provides...

Surely LibreOffice shouldn't be interacting with the WM in this way?! The only practical way I have of running LibreOffice is to use Winswitch at the moment to isolate it...
Comment 7 Alex 2014-06-17 19:12:33 UTC
Still a problem in LibreOffice 4.2.3, many years after it was reported and fixed in OpenOffice...
Comment 8 QA Administrators 2015-07-18 17:43:57 UTC
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Comment 9 ngoonee 2015-07-20 02:20:06 UTC
I am the original reporter for this bug, and have not followed up on it for some time. Currently testing both in awesomewm and i3 I am not able to reproduce the bug. I do not remember when this behaviour changed, and what triggered it.

Here's the current versions on Arch Linux:-
libreoffice - 4.3.7 (not the most recent version as I'm a few behind)
all other software - fully updated as per Arch Linux on this date