Sometimes, GNOME throws up one of these "not responding" dialogs in the background.

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I cannot see this dialog, it is underneath other windows, but it has the side-effect of causing mouse clicks to be unresponsive for all applications globally.

This often happens when I am debugging, and it's a pain because I don't want to force the program to quit yet, so I have to hit "Wait" every few seconds.

Can I tell GNOME to let the mouse continue to work normally when this dialog is left up and unattended in the background?


Got exactly the same issue with qtcreator and default Ubuntu here. This garbage x11-server-related bug is ongoing for at least six years. https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=981149

It was finally fixed here: https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/gnome-shell/issues/273. Upgrading gnome-shell to 3.30+ should do it.


Install the NoAnnoyance gnome shell extension.

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    Please expand your answer. – Jesse_b Feb 8 at 14:26

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