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bug#20804: closed (24.4; XdndDrop does not use time stamp)

From: GNU bug Tracking System
Subject: bug#20804: closed (24.4; XdndDrop does not use time stamp)
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2020 07:45:01 +0000

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--- Begin Message --- Subject: 24.4; XdndDrop does not use time stamp Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 10:42:13 +0200

Drag and drop from Qt 5 applications does not work on Linux (X11). This
can be easily reproduced using the draggabletext example from Qt 5 and
trying to drop a text into Emacs. I have created a bug report for Qt 5,
you can find it at <https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-45812>. To
resume what I reported there:

Emacs receives an XdndDrop message, but the value received by
(x-get-selection-internal 'XdndSelection "text/uri-list") is nil. Qt 5
receives the get selection request in
QXcbDrag::handleSelectionRequest() (in qxcbdrag.cpp) and only returns
the selection if the time stamps match. However, when dropping into
Emacs, the time stamps differ and no matching selection is found.

Of course, Qt 5 should not be so picky about these time stamps and try
to find a matching selection also in the case where the time stamps
differ, e.g. using the IDs of XdndAware windows. I have created a
patch for Qt which fixes this and I hope that it will be handled by the
Qt maintainers. However, I think that also the behavior of Emacs could
be improved. It does not use the time stamp which can be found in the
XdndDrop message when requesting the selection. The XDND specification
<http://www.newplanetsoftware.com/xdnd/> states:


Sent from source to target to complete the drop.

    data.l[0] contains the XID of the source window.
    data.l[1] is reserved for future use (flags).
    data.l[2] contains the time stamp for retrieving the data. (new in
    version 1)

When passing the value found in data.l[2] as the optional time stamp
argument to x-get-selection-internal, dropping from Qt 5 works with
Emacs. I have attached a patch fixing this.

--- x-dnd.el.orig       2015-06-13 09:52:02.999811917 +0200
+++ x-dnd.el    2015-06-13 09:53:30.808247335 +0200
@@ -496,10 +496,12 @@
        ((equal "XdndDrop" message)
         (if (windowp window) (select-window window))
         (let* ((dnd-source (aref data 0))
+               (timestamp (aref data 2))
                (value (and (x-dnd-current-type window)
-                            (intern (x-dnd-current-type window)))))
+                            (intern (x-dnd-current-type window))
+                            timestamp)))
                success action)
           (setq action (if value

Urs Fleisch

In GNU Emacs 24.4.1 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu, GTK+ Version 3.14.9)
 of 2015-03-21 on kissel, modified by Debian
Windowing system distributor `The X.Org Foundation', version
11.0.11701000 System Description:       Ubuntu 15.04

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 --build x86_64-linux-gnu --prefix=/usr --sharedstatedir=/var/lib
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p o r t - e m <tab> <return>

Recent messages:
Saving file /home/urs/xdnd/emacs/x-dnd.el...
Wrote /home/urs/xdnd/emacs/x-dnd.el
Quit [2 times]
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Buffer B: Processing difference region 0 of 2
Processing difference regions ... done
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Refining difference region 2 ...
Quit this Ediff session? (y or n) y

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--- Begin Message --- Subject: Re: 24.4; XdndDrop does not use time stamp Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 23:44:31 -0800 User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:68.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/68.4.1
I'm not really familiar with how drag and drop works, but I think this
sounds like it makes sense.

Looks OK to me too, not that I know much about DnD either. I installed the patch into Emacs master and am closing the bug report.

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