Opening a file from nautilus opens the document in the background if the application is already running

Bug #386520 reported by Alejandro Vidal on 2009-06-12
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One Hundred Papercuts
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Bug Description

When we start an application like Open Office or Evince when we double-click on a file in nautilus, if the aplication is already launched, satys on bottom and doesn't shows the user if it has been opened.
Maybe bringing the app to the from would help when opening applications trough documents (like music, docs, videos, etc.)

UPDATE: Compiz has nothing to do with it.

When we open a document, the application raise up. Then, when you open another document of the same kind, and the application was minimized, it keeps minimized.

User can't realize that the second document was already opened.

Travis Watkins (amaranth) wrote :

Someone needs to figure out if this is caused by compiz, metacity, etc or the apps themselves. Can you see if this is still the case if you disable Visual Effects?

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
description: updated
tags: added: usability
ShawnJGoff (shawn-goff) wrote :

I really prefer this behavior, but see how it could be a problem. What other solutions are there? Popping up a balloon is possible, but I'm not sure I like that. Another option is flashing the task bar button, but that may not be enough.

Alejandro Vidal (mancvso) wrote :

maybe adding an option to the taskmanager list to let minimized windows on the bottom, could be enough and quick.

so, this way, if you like it, you can enable this.
new users will not suffer from that issue.

i think, now it can be considered as a papercut.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → New
VA (vlad-anuchin) wrote :

Deffinately a 'paper cut'. One of the 'I clicked on it, but nothing's happening' stories. The moment I have to say Alt+Tab, it's too late. P.S. I think it's Gnome, 'cause it happens also when opening a file in the browser. E.g. torrent file in Epiphany, Deluge just waits for user imput while I user has no idea that that is the case.

Alejandro Vidal (mancvso) wrote :

it's kind of funny when you lend your pc to a friend and she opens like 10 times the same file...

funny and sad, at the same time.

summary: - Apps opened trough a document stays on background
+ Opening a file from nautilus opens the document in the background if the
+ application is already running
Alejandro Vidal (mancvso) wrote :

is somebody trying to get a fix for this?

is there a way to correct this?

Vish (vish) wrote :

I'm unable to reproduce this behavior.

Every time I open a document in OpenOffice/Evince , which has already been opened and been minimized , the previously open Document is brought up.[ OpenOffice3.0.1/Document Viewer 2.26.1]

Please answer these questions:

 * Is this reproducible?
 * If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug?

 This will help us to find and resolve the problem.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Incomplete
Vish (vish) wrote :

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments.
Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to New. Thanks again!.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.
Is this bug reproducible with the latest Lucid packages ?
Tanks in advance.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: New → Incomplete
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

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Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

We'd like to figure out what's causing this bug for you, but we haven't heard back from you in a while. Could you please provide the requested information? Thanks!

ShawnJGoff (shawn-goff) wrote :

I tried reproducing this again. Now I can only make it happen with OO.o, and only when opening the same document - there is no notification that the document is already open - nothing happens at all.

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Hello ShawnJGoff
Now i'm on Maverick beta and I can't reporduce the issue with OOo .
The bug is fixed in OOo too, just need to port in Lucid.
Thanks for the reply
This bug report is being closed due to your last comment regarding this being fixed with an update. For future reference you can manage the status of your own bugs by clicking on the current status in the yellow line and then choosing a new status in the revealed drop down box. You can learn more about bug statuses at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/Status. Thank you again for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please submit any future bugs you may find.

Changed in ubuntu:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
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