anonymous gray activity circles

Tony Anderson tony_anderson at
Wed Dec 31 09:20:06 EST 2008

I believe that these circles result from the activity initiating a new 
top-level window. Sugar provides an activity with a window. It is 
expected that the activity will pack it's widgets into a vbox in that 
window. Imported activities naturally create a top-level window.


Message: 3
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2008 21:37:47 -0500
From: Chris Marshall <jns-cmarshall at>
Subject: Re: anonymous gray activity circles
To: greg at
Cc: OLPC Development <devel at>
Message-ID: <495ADAFB.40402 at>
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Greg Smith wrote:
 > > Hi Chris,
 > >
 > > Unless someone else has seen this, I think we need more detail on 
how to
 > > reproduce it.

os767 and Firefox-6 activity
start firefox
click on a file link to download
exit firefox after
left a gray circle

(Actually, it almost always leaves behind one
or more circles but I have not done exhaustive
testing to determine how many or under what
conditions.  It would be easier to start from
an understanding of how the circle gets there
to begin with (what is being used to trigger
the circle's appearance)...


 > > Can you write down the steps it takes to get a "gray activity circle"?
 > > Include the version of XO software you are running:
 > >
 > >
 > > It may be that you are double clicking to start an activity. That can
 > > cause a second activity instance to try and start then fail and 
leave an
 > > icon in the frame. That's the only thing that comes to mind without 
 > > detail.
 > >
 > > Thanks,
 > >
 > > Greg S
 > >
 > > *********************
 > >
 > > From: jns-cmarshall at
 > > Subject: anonymous gray activity circles
 > > To: devel at
 > >
 > > Is there a way to prevent the
 > > anonymous gray activity circles
 > > in the frame?  Some X apps
 > > seem to accumulate circles with
 > > no way i have been able to
 > > determine to remove "dead" ones.
 > > I tried to google the list but was
 > > not able to generate useful links.
 > >
 > > --Chris

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