GPGPreferences: GPGSuite_Updater is stealing x11/qartz focus

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31 Jul, 2017 05:34 AM

GPGMail 2.7b3 on MacOs 10.12.6.
X11/Quarz 2.7.11 (xorg-server 1.18.4)

When using X11 Apps (meld, git,…) the application windows focus goes away unexceptionally within 4 seconds.

Using simple python script to see who “actives” the window (notifications received on “NSWorkspaceApplicationKey”) I found out it’s a GPG tool: GPGSuite_Updater (org.gpgtools.updater). Even if I disable automatic update checks I see that this process is started every few seconds.

Either do not call this process when auto updates are turned off, or proper solution would be to do this task completely on background and not request active a x11 window what really steals window focus of other x11 apps.

macOS           10.12.6     16G29
GPG Suite       2017.1b3    1812    (d43863c)
GPGMail         2.7b3       1215    (d0b5fa0)
GPG Keychain    1.3.3b2     1271    (028a4a2)
GPGServices     1.11        916     (872e77d)
MacGPG2         2.0.30-1b2  887-    (4912d26)
GPGPreferences  2.0.2b3     927     (641418e)
Libmacgpg       0.7         782     (536bf51)
pinentry        0.9.7       4       (b75069d)
  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Steve on 31 Jul, 2017 12:40 PM

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    Hi Peter,

    welcome to the GPGTools support platform. Sorry you are having problems using GPG Suite.

    Could you please download and install our latest GPG Suite nightly build and see if the problem persists. That page also has sig and SHA256 to verify the download.

    All the best,

    Disclaimer: This is a development version which has not been thoroughly tested yet - bugs or crashes are to be expected. Thanks for helping us test.

  2. 2 Posted by peto predaj on 31 Jul, 2017 12:52 PM

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    Thank you Steve for your support.

    The issue persists in your build. The GPGSuite_Updater process still
    steals the x11 apps focus.


  3. Support Staff 3 Posted by Steve on 31 Jul, 2017 02:23 PM

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    We have created a ticket for this problem. I connected this discussion with the existing ticket. That means, should this discussion get closed, it will be re-opened as soon as the ticket is closed. That way you'll stay in the loop and get notified as soon as we have news. Feel free to open a new discussions should you run into further problems or need assistance.


  4. Steve closed this discussion on 22 Oct, 2017 04:26 PM.

  5. Support Staff 4 Posted by Steve on 24 Jun, 2020 01:14 PM

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    Just an update on the reported issue about the GPG Suite Updater stealing focus from X11: GPG Suite 2020.1 fixes this problem.

    Have a great day,

  6. Steve closed this discussion on 24 Jun, 2020 01:14 PM.

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