Maximizing X window without Window Switcher

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Old 12-01-2009
Maximizing X window without Window Switcher

Hi everyone!

I have a strange situation. I'm running an NX remote Gnome desktop session. On the remote machine, there is a whole load of unsaved data in a window. A problem that I've been having with this NX session is that I can't load Gnome Applets, including the Window Switcher. So.. when I minimise something, I can't bring it back. So far, that's never been a problem, but now I minimised something I really needed.

Now, solving the "can't add Gnome Applets" is a problem I can solve in time (it's a known issue). But right now I'm looking for options to restore/maxmise my window so I can save my data! Most key-combos are not captured by the NX client, so I can't Alt-Tab or Alt-Ctrl-D, although other combinations may work?

So - is there any way I can unminimise a window, say, from the command line? Seems unlikely, but possible!

Is there any way to work in a windowing environment that doesn't have a Window Switcher Applet?

I can disconnect from the session and reconnect but can't reset my remote X session (or I'll lose my data :S).


---------- Post updated 12-01-09 at 09:23 AM ---------- Previous update was 11-30-09 at 10:05 PM ----------

Success! I remapped the alt-tab in the client VM Gnome to change Alt-Tab to Alt-A and used that, which wasn't grabbed by the host.
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metacity-message(1)						   User Commands					       metacity-message(1)

metacity-message - send messages to the desktop window manager SYNOPSIS
metacity-message [disable-keybindings] [enable-keybindings] [reload-theme] [restart] [toggle-verbose] DESCRIPTION
You can use the metacity-message application to communicate with the desktop window manager to perform the following tasks: restart the window manager, reload the current window border theme, enable and disable keybindings, and enable debugging messages. OPTIONS
The following options are supported: disable-keybindings Disable keybindings for the desktop window manger. enable-keybindings Enable keybindings for the desktop window manger. reload-theme Reload the current window border theme. restart Restart the desktop window manager. toggle-verbose Enable debugging messages for the desktop window manager. EXAMPLES
Example 1: Restarting the Window Manager example% metacity-message restart EXIT STATUS
The following exit values are returned: 0 Application exited successfully >0 Application exited with failure FILES
The following files are used by this application: /usr/bin/metacity-message Executable to communicate with the desktop window manager ATTRIBUTES
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes: +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ | ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Availability |SUNWgnome-wm | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ |Interface stability |Volitile | +-----------------------------+-----------------------------+ SEE ALSO
Latest version of the GNOME Desktop User Guide for your platform. gnome-window-properties(1), metacity(1), metacity-theme-viewer(1), metacity-window-demo(1), attributes(5) NOTES
Written by Glynn Foster, Sun Microsystems Inc., 2004, 2006. SunOS 5.11 6 Sep 2004 metacity-message(1)

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