Gtk_window_present doesn't do anything on wayland

Hi There,

while testing Horizon EDA on wayland using weston and sway, I found out that calls to gtk_window_present appear to have no effect. Looking at the code, it seems like this depends on the gtk_surface1 interface. Putting that into debian codesearch didn’t yield any meaningful results other than gtk itself and mutter.

Does this mean that gtk_window_present only works on GNOME/mutter and no other wayland compositors right now?


Here’s a small example based on one from Gtk that shows this problem:

//compile with gcc `pkg-config --cflags gtk+-3.0` -o example-1 present.c `pkg-config --libs gtk+-3.0`
#include <gtk/gtk.h>

GtkWidget *other_window = NULL;

static void
print_hello (GtkWidget *widget,
             gpointer   data)
  g_print ("Hello World\n");
  gtk_window_present_with_time(GTK_WINDOW(other_window), gtk_get_current_event_time());

static void
activate (GtkApplication *app,
          gpointer        user_data)
  GtkWidget *window;
  GtkWidget *button;
  GtkWidget *button_box;

  other_window = gtk_window_new(GTK_WINDOW_TOPLEVEL);
  window = gtk_application_window_new (app);
  gtk_window_set_title (GTK_WINDOW (window), "Window");
  gtk_window_set_default_size (GTK_WINDOW (window), 200, 200);

  button_box = gtk_button_box_new (GTK_ORIENTATION_HORIZONTAL);
  gtk_container_add (GTK_CONTAINER (window), button_box);

  button = gtk_button_new_with_label ("Hello World");
  g_signal_connect (button, "clicked", G_CALLBACK (print_hello), NULL);
  gtk_container_add (GTK_CONTAINER (button_box), button);

  gtk_widget_show_all (window);

main (int    argc,
      char **argv)
  GtkApplication *app;
  int status;

  app = gtk_application_new ("org.gtk.example", G_APPLICATION_FLAGS_NONE);
  g_signal_connect (app, "activate", G_CALLBACK (activate), NULL);
  status = g_application_run (G_APPLICATION (app), argc, argv);
  g_object_unref (app);

  return status;

GTK4 has added support for the xdg_activation protocol which should be supported by other wayland implementations:

There is an open issue to backport this to GTK3:

Good to know that things are moving in the right direction. I guess I’ll just have to wait until this lands in Gtk3. One thing that I need to try though is how well this patch will work for presenting windows across processes.

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