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Re: Cursor change on loss of focus

From: Tim X
Subject: Re: Cursor change on loss of focus
Date: Tue, 17 May 2005 18:04:53 +1000
User-agent: Gnus/5.1007 (Gnus v5.10.7) Emacs/21.4 (gnu/linux)

Daniel Brockman <address@hidden> writes:

> address@hidden writes:
>> I'm using Emacs under Cygwin/X.
> [...]
>> Is there a way to turn the blinking block cursor into an empty block
>> cursor when I move the focus to a different X window (i.e., a
>> different, non-Emacs application)?
> This already works for me with both the latest CVS snapshot Emacs and
> the Debian-packaged Emacs 21, using ratpoison and XFree86 4.3.0.
> I don't remember if this also works in GNOME (or with other window
> managers), but it seems extremely unlikely that there would be such an
> annoying-yet-simple problem with what is probably(?) the most common
> environment in which people use Emacs (i.e., GNOME/Linux).
>> I can't count the number of times I've started typing Emacs
>> keystrokes to other programs, intending to work with the text in my
>> Emacs window, and I think it's because I subconsciously key on the
>> blinking block cursor to recognize which window is going to receive
>> my keystrokes, rather than looking at the color of the window's
>> title bar.
> This has happened several times to me too; it's really annoying.
> Indeed, under ratpoison, the cursor is the ONLY way to tell which
> window is active, and I've found that XTerm or Emacs sometimes get
> confused as to which window is active and which is inactive, most
> often resulting in both cursors being filled.  I think this happens to
> Emacs more often than it happens to XTerm (I'm not even sure that it
> happens to XTerm at all); in any case, it happens *very* rarely.
>> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> By far the most likely cause of the problem is the Cygwin X server.
> Unfortunately, I don't know enough about X to be able to guess what
> the exact problem might be.
> Do you have the same problem with other X applications, such as XTerm?
> -- 
> Daniel Brockman <address@hidden>

I'm using Emacs 21.4 under Sawfish on a Debian Sid box - no bloated
gnome support!

I seem to get the behavior you have requested without modification -
the cursor is a blinking red box if the window is active and a hollow
empty box if it is not (I've set my cursor to be red). I've set
sawfish so that the window with the mouse pointer has the focus. 

I'd suspect it could be cygwin which is the problem, but cannot
substantiate that.


Tim Cross
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