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2005-11-19Merge of all the changes on the constraints_experiments branch. This isElijah Newren1-0/+283
2005-11-18 Elijah Newren <> Merge of all the changes on the constraints_experiments branch. This is just a summary, to get the full ChangeLog of those changes (approx. 2000 lines): cvs -q -z3 update -Pd -r constraints_experiments cvs -q -z3 diff -pu -r CONSTRAINTS_EXPERIMENTS_BRANCHPOINT ChangeLog Bugs fixed: unfiled - constraints.c is overly complicated[1] unfiled - constraints.c is not robust when all constraints cannot simultaneously be met (constraints need to be prioritized) unfiled - keep-titlebar-onscreen constraint is decoration unaware (since get_outermost_onscreen_positions() forgets to include decorations) unfiled - keyboard snap-moving and snap-resizing snap to hidden edges 109553 - gravity w/ simultaneous move & resize doesn't work 113601 - maximize vertical and horizontal should toggle and be constrained 122196 - windows show up under vertical panels 122670 - jerky/random resizing of window via keyboard[2] 124582 - keyboard and mouse snap-resizing and snap-moving erroneously moves the window multidimensionally 136307 - don't allow apps to resize themselves off the screen (*cough* filechooser *cough*) 142016, 143784 - windows should not span multiple xineramas unless placed there by the user 143145 - clamp new windows to screensize and force them onscreen, if they'll fit 144126 - Handle pathological strut lists sanely[3] 149867 - fixed aspect ratio windows are difficult to resize[4] 152898 - make screen edges consistent; allow easy slamming of windows into the left, right, and bottom edges of the screen too. 154706 - bouncing weirdness at screen edge with keyboard moving or resizing 156699 - avoid struts when placing windows, if possible (nasty a11y blocker) 302456 - dragging offscreen too restrictive 304857 - wireframe moving off the top of the screen is misleading 308521 - make uni-directional resizing easier with alt-middle-drag and prevent the occasional super annoying resize-the-wrong-side(s) behavior 312007 - snap-resize moves windows with a minimum size constraint 312104 - resizing the top of a window can cause the bottom to grow 319351 - don't instantly snap on mouse-move-snapping, remove braindeadedness of having order of releasing shift and releasing button press matter so much [1] fixed in my opinion, anyway. [2] Actually, it's not totally fixed--it's just annoying instead of almost completely unusable. Matthias had a suggestion that may fix the remainder of the problems (see [3] This bug was originally about not-quite-so-pathological cases but was left open for the worse cases. The code from the branch handles the remainder of the cases mentioned in this bug. [4] Actually, although it's far better there's still some minor issues left: a slight drift that's only noticeable after lots of resizing, and potential problems with partially onscreen constraints due to not clearing any fixed_directions flags (aspect ratio windows get resized in both directions and thus aren't fixed in one of them) New feature: 81704 - edge resistance for user move and resize operations; in particular 3 different kinds of resistance are implemented: Pixel-Distance: window movement is resisted when it aligns with an edge unless the movement is greater than a threshold number of pixels Timeout: window movement past an edge is prevented until a certain amount of time has elapsed during the operation since the first request to move it past that edge Keyboard-Buildup: when moving or resizing with the keyboard, once a window is aligned with a certain edge it cannot move past until the correct direction has been pressed enough times (e.g. 2 or 3 times) Major changes: - constraints.c has been rewritten; very few lines of code from the old version remain. There is a comment near the top of the function explaining the basics of how the new framework works. A more detailed explanation can be found in doc/how-constraints-works.txt - edge-resistance.[ch] are new files implementing edge-resistance. - boxes.[ch] are new files containing low-level error-prone functions used heavily in constraints.c and edge-resistance.c, among various places throughout the code. testboxes.c contains a thorough testsuite for the boxes.[ch] functions compiled into a program, testboxes. - meta_window_move_resize_internal() *must* be told the gravity of the associated operation (if it's just a move operation, the gravity will be ignored, but for resize and move+resize the correct value is needed) - the craziness of different values that meta_window_move_resize_internal() accepts has been documented in a large comment at the beginning of the function. It may be possible to clean this up some, but until then things will remain as they were before--caller beware. - screen and xinerama usable areas (i.e. places not covered by e.g. panels) are cached in the workspace now, as are the screen and xinerama edges. These get updated with the workarea in src/workspace.c:ensure_work_areas_validated()