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Guake: it starts, but pressing F12 doesn't reveal it all the time

asked 2018-01-08 11:32:38 -0600

updated 2018-01-11 18:19:12 -0600

I'm a fan of drop-down terminals but under GNOME on Fedora 27 (regularly updated with dnf update -y --refresh) guake starts when added to applications started on start-up, and when launched manually but a lot of the time pressing F12 does not reveal it. It is very irritating as only sometimes does F12 reveal it and the whole purpose of drop-down terminals is that you can use your keyboard alone to interact with it. The same problem seems to affect Yakuake too.

This is especially the case when all applications have been minimized, or when the only applications opened are not maximized. When an application is open and maximized (e.g. my web browser) F12 seems to work much more reliably.

EDIT: openSUSE Tumbleweed doesn't seem to have this problem. Guake starts even when all programs are minimized.

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answered 2018-01-11 11:20:03 -0600

dpezet gravatar image

I believe this is actually a Guake on Wayland issue. I saw the same behavior in Fedora 26 using GNOME on Wayland. Logging in with GNOME on X11 everything worked as expected. I haven't tested on Fedora 27, but it sounds like the same problem. My work-around was to map the F12 key to launch Guake. This has the same effect as F12 normally if Guake is already running. It has the added benefit of re-launching Guake on those occasions that I accidentally closed it :) It's not a perfect solution though for those rare instances where Guake's F12 shortcut would actually work.

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answered 2018-01-11 13:31:57 -0600

Rabin gravatar image

See this issue, It maybe related,

Modern distros switching to wayland based managers as default graphical server, which don't support global hotkey and some other functions that altyo uses.

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