Can't type anything in search box

Bug #1588197 reported by Robert Hrovat on 2016-06-02
This bug affects 29 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Since Ubuntu 16.04, I can't search strings in PDF using Evince viewer. Clicking search button or CTRL+F shows search box, but I can't type anything inside.

affects: mozplugger (Ubuntu) → evince (Ubuntu)
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, does it happen on any pdf? What desktop environment do you use? I can't confirm the issue here

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Robert Hrovat (robi-hipnos) wrote :

Yes, any PDF. It's Ubuntu Unity with all updates installed. Searching the internet shows at least one more user with this issue:

Robert Hrovat (robi-hipnos) wrote :

I came home and tried the same on another computer with the same version of Ubuntu and got the same symptom.

I just noticed this. 16.04, GNOME desktop. I can't remember when the last time I did a successful search in Evince was but it's something I do regularly. Maybe two or three days at most since it last worked.

I'm attaching an apt-cache show if it'll help.

A little more Google tells me this is probably a duplicate of bug #1587968. I too just switched to installing from "proposed" - did any of the others on this bug?

Robert Hrovat (robi-hipnos) wrote :

I guess this one is duplicate. And I do have proposed enabled.

I think the bug is in one of the underlying libraries, not Evince itself - when I enabled "Proposed" it updated a few GNOME libraries but I don't recall a change in Evince itself.

Miguel Romão (romao-miguel) wrote :

Bug affects me too, Ubuntu GNOME 16.04, with "proposed" enable with Evince 3.18.2

This bug affects me too, Ubuntu 16.04 with evince 3.18.2.

Earl Kinsley (earlkinsley) wrote :

This bug affected me too, Ubuntu 16.04 with Evince 3.18.2 wouldn't allow any text input. Also Firefox 46.0.1 was affected. Turns out I had "xenial-proposed" enabled (Hmmm, I don't remember enabling this) I was able to disable "xenial-proposed" and back out all the "proposed" updates. Both Evince and Firefox are working normal again.

Same here ... seems like a total lack of response / troubleshooting assistance from Ubuntu so I've dropped back to "stock" Xenial and am taking myself off the email list for this bug.

Robert Hrovat (robi-hipnos) wrote :

I removed proposed and got back to stable. Evince is working properly again.

Those packages were reverted:

bsdutils grep im-config initscripts ipmitool klibc-utils libappstream-glib8 libblkid1 libfdisk1 libglib2.0-0 libglib2.0-bin libglib2.0-data libimobiledevice6 libklibc libmetacity-private3a libmount1
libnih-dbus1 libnih1 libnm-gtk-common libnm-gtk0 libnma-common libnma0 librados2 librbd1 libsemanage-common libsemanage1 libsmartcols1 libuuid1 libuuid1:i386 linux-generic linux-headers-generic linux-image-generic linux-libc-dev metacity metacity-common mount mtr-tiny network-manager-gnome p7zip p7zip-full sysv-rc sysvinit-utils thermald util-linux uuid-runtime

gpl (gpl-mac) wrote :

If I launch evince from the command line, I get this as soon as I try to type something (e.g., in the search field):

(evince:28540): IBUS-WARNING **: Unable to connect to ibus: Ne eblis konekti: Mankas permeso

(evince:28540): IBUS-WARNING **: Events queue growing too big, will start to drop.

(evince:28540): IBUS-WARNING **: Events queue growing too big, will start to drop.

(evince:28540): IBUS-WARNING **: Events queue growing too big, will start to drop.

The last message repeats ad nauseam.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

the issue was due to that SRU candidate

the update was considered (rightly it seems) buggy and deleted since, if you have the issue you should reinstall the xenial version

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
gunwald (gunwald) wrote :

I have the same issue on Ubuntu 16.04 using the Gnome PPA. Can someone post a step by step work around pleas.

I was able to resolve the issue with searching a PDF in Evince on Ubuntu Gnome 16.04 by following these steps.

1. Launch "Software & Updates".
2. Select "Developer Options" tab.
3. Uncheck "Pre-released updates (xenial-proposed)
4. Follow these instructions:
5. Reboot, searching works in PDFs using Evince.

Thomas Mayer (thomas303) wrote :

Right after upgrading from 16.04 to 18.04, I can't type in evince's search field any more. Proposed packages where never installed on that system.

Thomas Mayer (thomas303) wrote :

For some PDFs I can type something in the search field. Seems to be related to the PDF (if it contains text or not).

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