The dash remembers old searches

Bug #936352 reported by Jo-Erlend Schinstad on 2012-02-19
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

I've come to love the new main dash home screen. However, a problem with it is that when I search for an application and then launch that application, the search is remembered the next time I open the dash. This causes the information on the screen to be "wrong" in the sense that it doesn't display the most recent stuff, but the most recent stuff according to my old search. In order to see the most recent stuff, you then have to first clear the search field. But it's not that easy to notice, so it's easy to forget.

The dash and all lenses should forget searches when closed.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: unity 5.4.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-17.26-generic 3.2.6
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-17-generic x86_64
ApportVersion: 1.91-0ubuntu1
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,compiztoolbox,regex,imgpng,place,animation,expo,grid,mousepoll,session,snap,vpswitch,wall,workarounds,obs,resize,gnomecompat,move,fade,scale,ezoom,unityshell]
Date: Sun Feb 19 17:55:20 2012
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" - Alpha amd64 (20120125)
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-02-17 (1 days ago)

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) wrote :

i have also seen this many times and i also confirm it if we search and than select our result than when we open dash again it remembers the previous search

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

that's what design wanted, let me find the bug

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → New

I'd appreciate that, because I think it made more sense before we got the new home lens. Now it seems kind of destructive, since it makes it more difficult to find the most frequent applications, which is a very important part of the main idea.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Barneedhar (barneedhar) wrote :

You can take a look at my bug report: bug 928833. The behaviour of the dash input field was discussed in the bug 825412.

I read the other two reports. I then really played with the feature, keeping in mind the reason for the behavior. I still believe that it gets in the way of the function of the dash. To use any other feature on any particular lens you have to clear the search bar for that lens first. There has to be a better way to satisfy the purpose for the design of search and the rest of the dash. Perhaps a dropdown with a recent history of searches? Or maybe a dedicated "search results" lens that kept a history of searches? Just throwing ideas out there, the way it functions now does seem to get in the way an awful lot.

Bilal Shahid (s9iper1) on 2012-02-23
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

this is working how design want it to, I'll mark it incomplete as we await response from design.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Low → Undecided
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) wrote :

I thought this was a regression, this happened in Oneiric beta and a bug was opened in order to *not* remember old searches. But if this is design-intended...

John Lea (johnlea) on 2012-04-19
Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Opinion
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Opinion
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Opinion
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