Window manager commands in native window manager multiwindow mode

Ken Brown
Thu Oct 8 16:42:00 GMT 2015

On 10/7/2015 11:48 AM, Ken Brown wrote:
> On 10/7/2015 11:20 AM, Gulliver Smith wrote:
>> I ask this question from time to time just in case someone new sees it
>> and decides to work on it or others might agree that it is a priority.
>> Other people have raised this over the last few years as well.
>> The issue is that I would like to raise windows from within a program
>> (Emacs to be precise), but it doesn't work with the native window
>> manager running in multiwindow mode.
>> Emacs has several nice commands for which I have not-so-nice work
>> arounds (opening and closing windows). These are:
>> (raise-frame f)
>> (iconify-frame f)
>> (decionify-frame f)
>> (make-frame-visible f)
>> None of these work with Cygwin X.
> Please give a detailed recipe for reproducing the problem.

Never mind.  I searched the archive and found the details in an earlier 
post of yours:

Here's what I found when I tried to reproduce the problem:

 >> (raise-frame f)

I agree that this doesn't work.  But there's a post by Oliver Schmidt 
purporting to have a fix for this.  There is later discussion in which 
Jon Turney had some questions about the patch, but I didn't read all of 
it.  Jon, was this ever resolved?

 >> (iconify-frame f)

This works.

 >> (decionify-frame f)

There's no such function in GNU emacs (even after correcting the obvious 

 >> (make-frame-visible f)

This seems to be working.  Maybe you're misunderstanding what "visible" 
means in this context (or maybe I am).  The frame is initially visible, 
even if other windows are hiding it, as evidenced by the fact that 
(frame-visible-p f) evaluates to something non-nil ('icon' if the frame 
is iconified, 't' otherwise).  If I now make it invisible by evaluating 
(make-frame-invisible f), both the frame and its icon disappear. 
There's no way to bring it to the front by using Alt-Tab.  The frame and 
icon reappear if I now evaluate (make-frame-visible f).

In summary, the only problem I see is with raise-frame, and maybe that 
one is fixable.  We'll have to wait to hear from Jon and/or Oliver.


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