the word selection fails sometimes, and it appears word selected where there are not supposed to be.

Bug #513985 reported by carasufo on 2010-01-28
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: evince

nothing more.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
Date: Thu Jan 28 15:37:42 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/evince
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: evince 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-17.54-generic
SourcePackage: evince
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-17-generic i686

carasufo (ing-carlos-s) wrote :
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Unfortunately, we can't fix it because your description didn't include enough information. You may find it helpful to read "How to report bugs effectively" We'd be grateful if you would then provide a more complete description of the problem. We have instructions on debugging some types of problems at
At a minimum, we need:
1. the specific steps or actions you took that caused you to encounter the problem,
2. the behavior you expected, and
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4. could you also take an screenshot of the issue?

Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
zyodei (buddhaflow) wrote :

I don't know if this is the right bug to report in, but it wasn't quite the same as any other bugs (although similar). If I have a multi-column document, and I try and select ONE WORD, it fail. It selects the whole page as soon as I start any text selection operation! This is a BIG problem for me, I need to copy and paste from PDFs all the time, and at present this functionality is 100% broken in evince. I may have to switch to Linux Acrobat, yuck.

For instance, this PDF:

Go down to one of the pages with many parts listed. Try and select just one element from any column. It immediately selects all of the columns except the one you are on. This produces a useless result.

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

@zyodei - I can't reproduce your issue on Karmic. See attached screenshot.

Uname: Linux 2.6.31-17-generic i686
Package: evince 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.2

zyodei (buddhaflow) wrote :

Could it be that it is fixed in Karmic?

I am running Jaunty Mint.

I get this problem consistently in all multi column PDFs, it was driving me crazy, or rather driving me to okular :(

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

zyodei wrote:

> Could it be that it is fixed in Karmic?

> I am running Jaunty Mint.

It sounds like it. If you are not ready to upgrade to Karmic, you might want to try the Karmic LiveCD and see if the problemis fixed for you.

aloctavodia (aloctavodia) wrote :

The problem is still there. I´m using evince 2.29.91 on lucid alpha3. Evince has serious problems to properly select text. Okular (KDE) can handle this without mistakes and also allow highlighting and adding notes.

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