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screen displays the content of the old workspace after new workspace being activated

asked 2014-02-03 11:22:14 +0000

diablo465 gravatar image

updated 2014-02-03 14:51:35 +0000

Currently I am running i3 version 4.6 in Gentoo with 3.10.25 kernel.

I found the recent update has changed the screen display after a new workspace is activated. For example, after I pressed win+3 to activate a new workspace 3 under workspace 1, the screen kept on displaying the contents in workspace 1. However, according to the indicator at the lowerleft of the screen, I have already been switched into workspace 3.

In fact, If I open a new window, say, a terminal, after pressed win+3, the screen would change from displaying the contents in workspace 1 to the newly opened terminal in workspace 3. This is a bit annoying as previously the screen will respond promptly after the new window been activated. Actually the similar thing happens when the last window of a workspace is closed.

How can I change back to the old settings which I got used to?

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answered 2014-02-03 13:08:36 +0000

Adaephon gravatar image

This sounds like a redrawing problem. Or rather lack of redrawing. It seems that that there is no background (color or image) set for the X11 root window. As i3 itself does not touch the root window, X has no reason to draw anything (even just a solid background) if there are no windows and a image of the previous content remains.

Most likely this isn't even a problem with the last update of i3, but some other X11 component or setting. An easy solution is to set a background yourself, see here fro some ideas on how to do this.

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Thanks it does solve that problem! But the previous versions can work properly without setting a background.

diablo465 gravatar imagediablo465 ( 2014-02-03 14:48:33 +0000 )edit

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