Terminal window shouldn't respond to input by default

Bug #3718 reported by Miguel Gaspar on 2005-10-30
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
synaptic (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

While installing packages, one may expand the dialog to reveal a terminal window. But the regular user wouldn't expect this to be a 'live' terminal, so he might do something with undesireable side-effects. It happened to me: I wanted to copy something so I selected the text and hit ctrl-c (that's the standard shortcut to copy in a graphical application), and to my surprise, the configuration of the package was terminated!
This terminal shouldn't receive input by default, and there hould be an option to do that. Or, there should be clear to the user that he could interact with it.

Sebastian Heinlein (glatzor) wrote :

Michael, can we get notified if user input is required in the terminal? so we could "disable" the terminal during normal operation and only enable the terminal widget if it is required.

Furthermore I think that the terminal widgets looks like a normal terminal, so the user could expect that it also behaves like a normal terminal.

The terminal widget exists, since some packages still require user input during installation.

Miguel Gaspar (ghaspias) wrote :

I cannot agree with the 2nd paragraph at all!
It is bad enough that the user has to deal with different, conflicting sets of keyboard shortcuts in CLI and GUI applications, and in different applications. If he isn't able to clearly distinguish the two environments, and use the learned behaviour in each set of applications (GUI/CLI), that is very bad.
If a standard keyboard shortcut might produce data loss, as in this case (a package that isn't installed - the user might not know how to finish the setup), that is very bad.

I don't know what the Gnome guidelines are, but this deserves some attention!

Miguel Gaspar (ghaspias) wrote :

I don't know if some workaround was introduced for this in Dapper, but a proper correction isn't still in place.

Robert Roth (evfool) on 2012-02-16
Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Wishlist

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Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
importance: Wishlist → Low
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Changed in synaptic:
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for synaptic (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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