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XFCE menu does not load with keyboard shortcut

Ed Gray
Hi,

I have an issue with XFCE on OpenBSD 6.6 and current on an amd64 system.
XFCE works fine except for accessing the applications menu with the Alt +
F1 keyboard shortcut. Instead of loading the menu it gets highlighted in
grey and nothing happens. Clicking the menu loads it straight away.

The shortcut is defined in the keyboard settings as the default for
xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu which is different from the shortcut for the
desktop menu. Sometimes in another application such as firefox when I press
Alt + F1 a second time I get the desktop menu appear, even though firefox
is maximised and I'm not on the desktop.

I can't confirm at the moment if it is specific to OpenBSD or XFCE in
general.

Does anyone else have this problem?

Regards
Ed Gray
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Re: XFCE menu does not load with keyboard shortcut

Why 42? The lists account.

On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 07:33:20PM +0100, Ed Gray wrote:
> I have an issue with XFCE on OpenBSD 6.6 and current on an amd64 system.
> XFCE works fine except for accessing the applications menu with the Alt +
> F1 keyboard shortcut. Instead of loading the menu it gets highlighted in
> grey and nothing happens. Clicking the menu loads it straight away.
> ...
> Does anyone else have this problem?

I'm running OpenBSD 6.7 (snapshot) for amd64 with XFCE as my desktop and
I don't have that problem. Alt + F1 anywhere opens the same menu that I
can get by clicking the right mouse button on the desktop background i.e.
The list of actions from "Open In New ..." through to "Applications".

Maybe check your $HOME/.xsession-errors log file?

Cheers,
Robb.

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Re: XFCE menu does not load with keyboard shortcut

Dumitru Moldovan-2
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On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 07:33:20PM +0100, Ed Gray wrote:

>Hi,
>
>I have an issue with XFCE on OpenBSD 6.6 and current on an amd64 system.
>XFCE works fine except for accessing the applications menu with the Alt +
>F1 keyboard shortcut. Instead of loading the menu it gets highlighted in
>grey and nothing happens. Clicking the menu loads it straight away.
>
>The shortcut is defined in the keyboard settings as the default for
>xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu which is different from the shortcut for the
>desktop menu. Sometimes in another application such as firefox when I press
>Alt + F1 a second time I get the desktop menu appear, even though firefox
>is maximised and I'm not on the desktop.
>
>I can't confirm at the moment if it is specific to OpenBSD or XFCE in
>general.
>
>Does anyone else have this problem?

Have seen this on Void Linux as well.  Family member needed Netflix on
her laptop, so I couldn't push OpenBSD, even though it ran fine.  (Had
to check, and by the way, it was surprising to see how much slower it
ran compared to Alpine or Void.)

But this is an older Xfce bug, I remember having similar issues when
I last gave it a shot.  This used to work reliably in older versions
though, back when Xfce was based on GTK+ 2.x.

To end in a positive note, one thing I learned on my OpenBSD adventure
is "the best desktop is no desktop".  cwm never fails to open its
menus.  Keep it stupid simple.

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Re: XFCE menu does not load with keyboard shortcut

Ed Gray
You're right Dumitru, this is an old bug:
https://gitlab.xfce.org/xfce/xfce4-panel/-/issues/201

I have been using XFCE for a very long time and in the past there was
always a keyboard shortcut to open the applications menu on the panel
directly. There is a separate shortcut to open the desktop menu (which Robb
at y42 mentioned). I suppose we just have to wait for it to be fixed
upstream. The .xsession-errors file was the right place to look which was
helpful for me so thanks for that Robb.

Regards
Ed Gray


On Wed, 24 Jun 2020 at 09:07, Dumitru Moldovan <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 23, 2020 at 07:33:20PM +0100, Ed Gray wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >I have an issue with XFCE on OpenBSD 6.6 and current on an amd64 system.
> >XFCE works fine except for accessing the applications menu with the Alt +
> >F1 keyboard shortcut. Instead of loading the menu it gets highlighted in
> >grey and nothing happens. Clicking the menu loads it straight away.
> >
> >The shortcut is defined in the keyboard settings as the default for
> >xfce4-popup-applicationsmenu which is different from the shortcut for the
> >desktop menu. Sometimes in another application such as firefox when I
> press
> >Alt + F1 a second time I get the desktop menu appear, even though firefox
> >is maximised and I'm not on the desktop.
> >
> >I can't confirm at the moment if it is specific to OpenBSD or XFCE in
> >general.
> >
> >Does anyone else have this problem?
>
> Have seen this on Void Linux as well.  Family member needed Netflix on
> her laptop, so I couldn't push OpenBSD, even though it ran fine.  (Had
> to check, and by the way, it was surprising to see how much slower it
> ran compared to Alpine or Void.)
>
> But this is an older Xfce bug, I remember having similar issues when
> I last gave it a shot.  This used to work reliably in older versions
> though, back when Xfce was based on GTK+ 2.x.
>
> To end in a positive note, one thing I learned on my OpenBSD adventure
> is "the best desktop is no desktop".  cwm never fails to open its
> menus.  Keep it stupid simple.
>
>