Evince produces multiple icons on clickable buttons

Bug #531516 reported by frotz on 2010-03-03
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
evince (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Upstream URL:

Binary package hint: evince

1) lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu Vivid Vervet (development branch)
Release: 15.04

2) apt-cache policy evince
  Installed: 3.14.1-0ubuntu1
  Candidate: 3.14.1-0ubuntu1
  Version table:
 *** 3.14.1-0ubuntu1 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ vivid/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

3) What is expected to happen is when one opens https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/evince/+bug/531516/+attachment/1207516/+files/test.pdf one may click one of the four buttons, and then clicks another, the first one disappears, and reappears in the secondly clicked button, just like Adobe Reader.

What happens instead is clicking the second radio button does input a mark in the second button, but the first button clicked still has its mark. This was originally reported to be a regression.

WORKAROUND: Use Google Chrome's built-in PDF viewer.

apt-cache policy google-chrome-stable:i386
  Installed: 39.0.2171.95-1
  Candidate: 39.0.2171.95-1
  Version table:
 *** 39.0.2171.95-1 0
        500 http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable/main i386 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: amd64
Date: Wed Mar 3 10:23:44 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/evince
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release amd64 (20091027)
Package: evince 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.2
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-19.56-generic
SourcePackage: evince
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-19-generic x86_64

frotz (frotz) wrote :
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for the report, may you please attach an example document to the report? Thanks.

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

Here are the source code and resulting mishandled pdf.


affects: evince (Ubuntu) → poppler (Ubuntu)
Changed in poppler (Ubuntu):
assignee: Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs) → nobody
status: Incomplete → New
ethanay (ethan-y-us) wrote :


Also, same on Windows as well, running Evince 2.30.3: Created a fillable PDF in OpenOffice 3.2.1. Form displays and operates properly using Acrobat Reader 9. Radio buttons do not function in Evince.

Also, Evince seems to be incapable of even properly displaying other fillable forms, such as those available here:

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue that you reported is one that should be reproducible with the live environment of the Desktop CD of the development release - Oneiric Ocelot. It would help us greatly if you could test with it so we can work on getting it fixed in the next release of Ubuntu. You can find out more about the development release at http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/ . Thanks again and we appreciate your help.

Changed in poppler (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
PEIGNOT Kévin (kpeignot) wrote :

I tested with Oneiric today (last updates OK), it doesn't work.

affects: poppler (Ubuntu) → evince (Ubuntu)
Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Jonathan Thornburg (jthorn-7) wrote :

This same bug (or at least what looks like this same bug) is still present as of
Evince 3.2.1p1 running on OpenBSD 5.1-stable amd64, using the twm window manager.

My test pdf file is US Treasury Form 90-22.1 (revised 1-2012), available from

If (after downloading that file, which is a fillable PDF form), I type "evince f90221.pdf"
then I can find no way to select one of the radioboxes for item 2. In particular, clicking
on or around any of the options has no visible affect on these radioboxes, nor does typing
any character I can think of.

'evince --version' reports
  GNOME Document Viewer 3.2.1

The form works fine using Acrobat 9.5.1 Pro Extended under Windows 7 Ultimate SP1.

madbiologist (me-again) wrote :

This should be fixed upstream in poppler 0.26.1 - see http://poppler.freedesktop.org/releases.html

tags: added: karmic oneiric
description: updated
Changed in evince (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
description: updated
tags: added: regression-potential vivid
summary: - Evince can't handle radio buttons anymore
+ Evince produces multiple icons on clickable buttons
Changed in evince:
importance: Unknown → Low
status: Unknown → New
no longer affects: evince
tags: added: bionic
description: updated
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