Cut Path with a grouped object does nothing

Bug #408551 reported by Mike on 2009-08-03
This bug affects 3 people
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Bug Description

Attached is a drawing of three parallel lines that have been grouped together and two possible cutting paths: a simple linear path and a rectangle. After selecting the grouped lines (one selection) and one of the two cutting paths (second selection) and doing "Cut Path":

Expected Results: For the linear path, I should have 6 parallel lines (2 groups of 3 lines), and the linear cutting path deleted. For the rectangular path, I should have 9 parallel lines (3 groups of 3 lines) and the rectangle deleted.

Actual Result: Nothing at all apparently happens.

This is probably a child bug of bug #170972 and for correct behavior depends on bug #166302.

Note: I applied the prescription of bug #370318 by combining the objects, and this changes nothing.

Mike (kaufman) wrote :
Mike (kaufman) wrote :

forgot to note that the original report is on 0.47pre1 on OS X 10.5.2

Mike (kaufman) wrote :

also can't even tell which OS I have: OS X 10.5.7 if it matters in the least.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

Read the status line: it tells that Inkscape can only cut 2 paths at a time (not a path and a group) - I'd say not a bug, but a wishlist item maybe?

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

If you want to use the three lines as a part of the 'Cut' operation you need to 'Combine' them first, not 'Group'.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

'Combine' works for me, but then some parts / segments of (in my tests) the first line at the top are lost, as described in bug #166302.

su_v (suv-lp) wrote :

forgot to add: tested with Inkscape 0.46+devel r21953 on OS X 10.5.7 ;-)

aha, Combine does indeed work (with the aforementioned #166302 bug) if you
_do not_ group the paths first and then combine, and then cut (which means
you are trying to cut a group of one path instead of just a path.

I would say yes this is a wishlist with the caveat that confusion reigns
for the reason that behavior that you would naturally expect to work simply
doesn't. It may be a proposed new feature in the most technical sense, but
not in the behavior of a existing (and critical) tool.

su_v (suv-lp) on 2009-11-02
tags: added: shape-editing
su_v (suv-lp) on 2011-11-24
description: updated
tags: added: boolops
su_v (suv-lp) on 2014-01-26
Changed in inkscape:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
tags: added: groups
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