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I drag file over launcher icon (running program) after which program raises and I drop the file.

Problem I have here is that although program loads the file, it does not gain focus, so I have to alt-tab to it, to gain focus and use program's actions. This ruins drag&drop purpose for me, as if I have to alt-tab then I could first alt-tab and then drag&drop, instead dragging to launcher, waiting application to raise and dropping the file, and then yet alt-tab.

I guess it's one of those Compiz issues, but maybe someone has a tip which Compiz setting can solve this problem, if possible?

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Have you tried this with 11.10 to confirm that it still occurs? (You can use a Live CD/USB for that) – RolandiXor Jan 12 '12 at 19:01
No, I haven't. Maybe someone running 11.10 can confirm – zetah Jan 12 '12 at 19:06
I've confirmed that it's only a problem in 11.04. – RolandiXor Jan 12 '12 at 19:26

This seems to be a bug in 11.04. I tested in 11.10, and while the program window is not raised, the file is transferred to the application and it is raised afterwards (at least Firefox, which I tested, was raised).

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Thanks for confirming Roland. Here is one more example in addition: I open Gedit and minimize it, then I drag file from Nautilus to Gedit icon - Gedit raises and I drop the file in it. However Gedit does not have focus, and I can't use keyboard or menu etc unless I alt-tab to it. If Gedit wasn't minimized then (I guess by default Compiz setting) Gedit window is bring to front and zoomed out, and I can drop file and Gedit has focus. So issue is only when application is minimized. – zetah Jan 12 '12 at 20:13
Moreover as Gedit has .desktop file with defined mime type associations, there seems to be another possibility if application is minimized - just drop the file on launcher icon, without hovering over it to be raised - in that case focus is also gained. – zetah Jan 12 '12 at 20:14
I just thought there is some Compiz setting buried in CCSM that can tweak this out – zetah Jan 12 '12 at 20:15
Oh, my mistake. Unity is not designed to do that. I think you would have to make a suggestion the ayatan mailing list. – RolandiXor Jan 12 '12 at 20:40
Hm, that would be strange. Why does application raise itself when I drag file over it launcher icon? – zetah Jan 12 '12 at 20:52

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