RFR: 8233678: [macos 10.15] System menu bar does not work initially on macOS Catalina [v2]

Kevin Rushforth kcr at openjdk.java.net
Thu Dec 3 17:39:08 UTC 2020

> This is a proposed fix for the bug where the Apple system menubar is initially non-responsive on macOS 10.15 and later after a JavaFX application has started up. The end user can workaround this by switching to some other application and then back to the JavaFX app, but there is no known workaround that the application developer can use.
> JavaFX is using a non-standard approach to creating the system menus, and seems likely that some change in macOS 10.15 means that this no longer works the same as in previous versions of macOS. We have had problems with application startup on macOS in the past that affected the system menubar: see [JDK-8123430](https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8123430) and [JDK-8093743](https://bugs.openjdk.java.net/browse/JDK-8093743).
> The solution is to deactivate and then reactivate the application after the app has initially been made active, but before any window is initialized and before the system menu is populated.
> I pushed this as two commits: one with the fix and one with some temporary verbose debug print statements. I will remove the print statements prior to the formal review, but wanted to leave them in for now in case someone wanted to test them, and ran into an issue (the debug print statements could help isolate any problems).
> I have tested this on macOS 10.14, 10.15, and 11 (Big Sur). It will need additional testing.
> The only drawback I see with this approach is that there can be a very brief flash when launching the JavaFX app from a  terminal window as the FX application activates, deactivates, and reactivates.

Kevin Rushforth has updated the pull request incrementally with one additional commit since the last revision:

  Address review comments


  - all: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jfx/pull/361/files
  - new: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jfx/pull/361/files/3078e21f..e7de442c

 - full: https://webrevs.openjdk.java.net/?repo=jfx&pr=361&range=01
 - incr: https://webrevs.openjdk.java.net/?repo=jfx&pr=361&range=00-01

  Stats: 12 lines in 1 file changed: 8 ins; 2 del; 2 mod
  Patch: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jfx/pull/361.diff
  Fetch: git fetch https://git.openjdk.java.net/jfx pull/361/head:pull/361

PR: https://git.openjdk.java.net/jfx/pull/361

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