cannot type in search or page boxes in evince

Bug #1271777 reported by Nat Wilson
This bug affects 5 people
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evince (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

In Ubuntu 13.10, if I open a PDF file from the command line (e.g. by typing `evince FNM.pdf`), I cannot type a page number in the box at the top of the window. If I initiate a search by typing `/`, I cannot type into the search box. I can paste into the box with a middle-click.

If I open the same PDF using Nautilus, it works as it should, i.e. I can type text in the two boxes (typing a page number and pressing enter takes me to that page, typing a word in the search box searches for that word in the document).

This is not, because my home directory is located in `/home`, as expected by AppArmour. This problem did not exist prior to 13.10. I have reproduced on two computers, one of which has a clean install of 13.10.

Description: Ubuntu 13.10
Release: 13.10

  Installed: 3.10.0-0ubuntu2
  Candidate: 3.10.0-0ubuntu2
  Version table:
 *** 3.10.0-0ubuntu2 0
        500 saucy/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

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Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report. Does it happen with any document? What desktop do you use? Does it work if you run evince from Unity? (dash or launcher)

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
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Nat Wilson (njwilson23) wrote :

It happens with all documents that I've tried, when I'm using Unity. When I use i3wm, evince launched from the Terminal works as expected.

If I open a PDF from the dash, evince works as expected.

To summarise, I can so far only reproduce the problem when launching evince from a terminal, under Unity.

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Nat Wilson (njwilson23) wrote :

To follow up, it works as expected with Gnome Shell. So the only problem is under Unity, with evince opened from the command line.

Can others reproduce this?

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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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Colin Ian King (colin-king) wrote :

This affects me, the search does not work, which is a real pain for large documents of thousands of pages; not being able to search makes the tool unusable for large docs.

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Confirmed
importance: Low → Medium
importance: Medium → High
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Larry Price (larryprice) wrote :

I can confirm that it seems search is broken in general right now in the yakkety development build (evince 3.18.2-1ubuntu4).

To reproduce: Open a PDF through Nautilus (or command line), use Ctrl+F (or use Edit->Find from the menu), and note that no keyboard input is accepted in the search field.

In fact, it appears that every text field in evince does not respond to keyboard input.

I see the following errors when running from the terminal:

    (evince:11079): IBUS-WARNING **: Unable to connect to ibus: Could not connect: Permission denied

    (evince:11079): IBUS-WARNING **: Events queue growing too big, will start to drop.

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