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* Spaces.c
* Notation
* Created by Zachary Schneirov on 1/22/11.
Copyright (c) 2010, Zachary Schneirov. All rights reserved.
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- Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions
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#include "Spaces.h"
Boolean CurrentContextForWindowNumber(NSInteger windowNum, SpaceSwitchingContext *ctx) {
if (!ctx) return false;
CGSWorkspace windowSpace;
CGError err = CGSGetWindowWorkspace(_CGSDefaultConnection(), (CGSWindow)windowNum, &windowSpace);
if (err) {
printf("CGSGetWindowWorkspace error: %d\n", err);
return false;
CGSWorkspace currentSpace;
err = CGSGetWorkspace(_CGSDefaultConnection(), &currentSpace);
if (err) {
printf("CGSGetWorkspace error: %d\n", err);
return false;
ProcessSerialNumber frontPSN;
OSErr osErr = GetFrontProcess(&frontPSN);
if (osErr) {
printf("GetFrontProcess error: %d\n", err);
return false;
ctx->userSpace = currentSpace;
ctx->windowSpace = windowSpace;
ctx->frontPSN = frontPSN;
return true;
Boolean CompareContextsAndSwitch(SpaceSwitchingContext *ctxBefore, SpaceSwitchingContext *ctxAfter) {
if (!ctxBefore || !ctxAfter) {
printf("null context\n");
return false;
//contexts are equal; can't do anything
if (!memcmp(ctxBefore, ctxAfter, sizeof(SpaceSwitchingContext))) {
printf("equal contexts\n");
return false;
//if windowspace-before is the same as both userspace-after and windowspace-after
//and userspace-before was different from windowspace-before
//and the frontprocess-before was different from frontprocess-after
//then switch back to userspace-before by bringing the previous app to the front
//i.e., NV was running in a different space and user switched it; now the user (may) need to switch back
if (ctxBefore->windowSpace == ctxAfter->windowSpace &&
ctxBefore->windowSpace == ctxAfter->userSpace &&
ctxBefore->userSpace != ctxBefore->windowSpace &&
(ctxBefore->frontPSN.highLongOfPSN != ctxAfter->frontPSN.highLongOfPSN ||
ctxBefore->frontPSN.lowLongOfPSN != ctxAfter->frontPSN.lowLongOfPSN)) {
OSErr err = SetFrontProcess(&ctxBefore->frontPSN);
if (err) {
printf("SetFrontProcess error: %d\n", err);
return false;
return true;
//conditions not right for switch-back; presumably reverting to normal window-toggling
return false;
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