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syncthing-gtk tray applet opens new window when connecting monitor #3760

jackkamm opened this issue Aug 8, 2019 · 2 comments


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commented Aug 8, 2019

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[x] Bug
[ ] Feature Request
[ ] Documentation Request
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Current Behavior

When plugging in an external monitor into HDMI, the syncthing-gtk tray applet pops open a new window. Note this happens before I've connected to the monitor with xrandr.

I reported the issue at syncthing/syncthing-gtk#519 and they believe there is an issue with i3. In particular, @kozec asks:

Is there any chance that i3 is destroying and then recreating tray area, for example to display it in panel on another monitor?

Expected Behavior

The syncthing-gtk tray applet should not pop open a new window when plugging in an external monitor.

Reproduction Instructions

  • Install syncthing-gtk
  • Add exec --no-startup-id syncthing-gtk -m to the i3 config file
  • Start i3
  • Plug an external monitor to HDMI


Output of i3 --moreversion 2>&-:

Binary i3 version:  4.17 (2019-08-03) © 2009 Michael Stapelberg and contributors
Running i3 version: 4.17 (2019-08-03) (pid 2248)o abort…)
Loaded i3 config: /home/jack/.config/i3/config (Last modified: Tue 06 Aug 2019 07:19:54 AM PDT, 97197 seconds ago)

The i3 binary you just called: /usr/bin/i3
The i3 binary you are running: i3
# i3 config file (v4)
# Please see for a complete reference!
# This config file uses keycodes (bindsym) and was written for the QWERTY
# layout.
# To get a config file with the same key positions, but for your current
# layout, use the i3-config-wizard

# Font for window titles. Will also be used by the bar unless a different font
# is used in the bar {} block below.

# This font is widely installed, provides lots of unicode glyphs, right-to-left
# text rendering and scalability on retina/hidpi displays (thanks to pango).
font pango:DejaVu Sans Mono 8

# The combination of xss-lock, nm-applet and pactl is a popular choice, so
# they are included here as an example. Modify as you see fit.

# xss-lock grabs a logind suspend inhibit lock and will use i3lock to lock the
# screen before suspend.
exec --no-startup-id xss-lock --transfer-sleep-lock -- i3lock --nofork

# NetworkManager is the most popular way to manage wireless networks on Linux,
# and nm-applet is a desktop environment-independent system tray GUI for it.
exec --no-startup-id nm-applet

# Use pactl to adjust volume in PulseAudio.
bindsym XF86AudioRaiseVolume exec --no-startup-id pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ +10%
bindsym XF86AudioLowerVolume exec --no-startup-id pactl set-sink-volume @DEFAULT_SINK@ -10%
bindsym XF86AudioMute exec --no-startup-id pactl set-sink-mute @DEFAULT_SINK@ toggle

# use these keys for focus, movement, and resize directions when reaching for
# the arrows is not convenient
set $up l
set $down k
set $left j
set $right semicolon

# use Mouse+Mod1 to drag floating windows to their wanted position
floating_modifier Mod1

# start a terminal
bindsym Mod1+Return exec i3-sensible-terminal

# kill focused window
bindsym Mod1+Shift+q kill

# start dmenu (a program launcher)
bindsym Mod1+d exec dmenu_run
# There also is the (new) i3-dmenu-desktop which only displays applications
# shipping a .desktop file. It is a wrapper around dmenu, so you need that
# installed.
# bindsym Mod1+d exec --no-startup-id i3-dmenu-desktop

# change focus
bindsym Mod1+$left focus left
bindsym Mod1+$down focus down
bindsym Mod1+$up focus up
bindsym Mod1+$right focus right

# alternatively, you can use the cursor keys:
bindsym Mod1+Left focus left
bindsym Mod1+Down focus down
bindsym Mod1+Up focus up
bindsym Mod1+Right focus right

# move focused window
bindsym Mod1+Shift+$left move left
bindsym Mod1+Shift+$down move down
bindsym Mod1+Shift+$up move up
bindsym Mod1+Shift+$right move right

# alternatively, you can use the cursor keys:
bindsym Mod1+Shift+Left move left
bindsym Mod1+Shift+Down move down
bindsym Mod1+Shift+Up move up
bindsym Mod1+Shift+Right move right

# split in horizontal orientation
bindsym Mod1+h split h

# split in vertical orientation
bindsym Mod1+v split v

# enter fullscreen mode for the focused container
bindsym Mod1+f fullscreen toggle

# change container layout (stacked, tabbed, toggle split)
bindsym Mod1+s layout stacking
bindsym Mod1+w layout tabbed
bindsym Mod1+e layout toggle split

# toggle tiling / floating
bindsym Mod1+Shift+space floating toggle

# change focus between tiling / floating windows
bindsym Mod1+space focus mode_toggle

# focus the parent container
bindsym Mod1+a focus parent

# focus the child container
#bindsym Mod1+d focus child

# move the currently focused window to the scratchpad
bindsym Mod1+Shift+minus move scratchpad

# Show the next scratchpad window or hide the focused scratchpad window.
# If there are multiple scratchpad windows, this command cycles through them.
bindsym Mod1+minus scratchpad show

# Define names for default workspaces for which we configure key bindings later on.
# We use variables to avoid repeating the names in multiple places.
set $ws1 "1"
set $ws2 "2"
set $ws3 "3"
set $ws4 "4"
set $ws5 "5"
set $ws6 "6"
set $ws7 "7"
set $ws8 "8"
set $ws9 "9"
set $ws10 "10"

# switch to workspace
bindsym Mod1+1 workspace $ws1
bindsym Mod1+2 workspace $ws2
bindsym Mod1+3 workspace $ws3
bindsym Mod1+4 workspace $ws4
bindsym Mod1+5 workspace $ws5
bindsym Mod1+6 workspace $ws6
bindsym Mod1+7 workspace $ws7
bindsym Mod1+8 workspace $ws8
bindsym Mod1+9 workspace $ws9
bindsym Mod1+0 workspace $ws10

# move focused container to workspace
bindsym Mod1+Shift+1 move container to workspace $ws1
bindsym Mod1+Shift+2 move container to workspace $ws2
bindsym Mod1+Shift+3 move container to workspace $ws3
bindsym Mod1+Shift+4 move container to workspace $ws4
bindsym Mod1+Shift+5 move container to workspace $ws5
bindsym Mod1+Shift+6 move container to workspace $ws6
bindsym Mod1+Shift+7 move container to workspace $ws7
bindsym Mod1+Shift+8 move container to workspace $ws8
bindsym Mod1+Shift+9 move container to workspace $ws9
bindsym Mod1+Shift+0 move container to workspace $ws10

# reload the configuration file
bindsym Mod1+Shift+c reload
# restart i3 inplace (preserves your layout/session, can be used to upgrade i3)
bindsym Mod1+Shift+r restart
# exit i3 (logs you out of your X session)
bindsym Mod1+Shift+e exec "i3-nagbar -t warning -m 'You pressed the exit shortcut. Do you really want to exit i3? This will end your X session.' -B 'Yes, exit i3' 'i3-msg exit'"

# resize window (you can also use the mouse for that)
mode "resize" {
        # These bindings trigger as soon as you enter the resize mode

        # Pressing left will shrink the window’s width.
        # Pressing right will grow the window’s width.
        # Pressing up will shrink the window’s height.
        # Pressing down will grow the window’s height.
        bindsym $left       resize shrink width 10 px or 10 ppt
        bindsym $down       resize grow height 10 px or 10 ppt
        bindsym $up         resize shrink height 10 px or 10 ppt
        bindsym $right      resize grow width 10 px or 10 ppt

        # same bindings, but for the arrow keys
        bindsym Left        resize shrink width 10 px or 10 ppt
        bindsym Down        resize grow height 10 px or 10 ppt
        bindsym Up          resize shrink height 10 px or 10 ppt
        bindsym Right       resize grow width 10 px or 10 ppt

        # back to normal: Enter or Escape or Mod1+r
        bindsym Return mode "default"
        bindsym Escape mode "default"
        bindsym Mod1+r mode "default"

bindsym Mod1+r mode "resize"

# Start i3bar to display a workspace bar (plus the system information i3status
# finds out, if available)
# Start i3bar to display a workspace bar (plus the system information i3status
# finds out, if available)
bar {
        status_command i3status

exec --no-startup-id syncthing-gtk -m
Logfile URL:
- Linux Distribution & Version: Arch Linux (last updated 2019-08-06)
- Are you using a compositor (e.g., xcompmgr or compton): no

@i3bot i3bot closed this Aug 8, 2019

@Airblader Airblader reopened this Aug 8, 2019

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commented Aug 8, 2019

@stapelberg i3bot is still running on 4.16.

@Airblader Airblader added 4.17 and removed unsupported-version labels Aug 8, 2019


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commented Aug 8, 2019

@Airblader I think this was because the 4.17 milestone was closed without setting a due date. Let me know if you still see any issues.

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