Firefox doesn't use overlay scrollbars

Bug #767040 reported by Laryllan on 2011-04-20
This bug affects 199 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Mozilla Firefox
Won't Fix
firefox (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: firefox

The Firefox 4 browser in 11.04 doesn't use Unitys scrollbars (the light ones with the up/down button showing as soon as you move the mouse pointer over it).
Instead, it uses standard scrollbars.

I believe this is an inconsistency in the UI, as other programs (e.g. Nautilus) show them correctly.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: firefox 4.0+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.42-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic i686
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia wl
Architecture: i386
Date: Wed Apr 20 12:55:44 2011
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
 firefox 4.0+nobinonly-0ubuntu3
 adobe-flashplugin N/A
 icedtea-plugin 1.1~20110406-0ubuntu2
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Beta i386 (20110330)
SourcePackage: firefox
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Laryllan (laryllan) wrote :
larlin (larlin) wrote :

Thunderbird is also affected by this.

Christian Titze (christitze) wrote :

Firefox 5 also has this problem.

Micah Gersten (micahg) wrote :

Thank you for reporting this to Ubuntu. Firefox is still using xul to generate its scrollbars. I am marking this as a wishlist bug and triaged. Please report any other issues you may find.

affects: thunderbird → null
summary: - Firefox 4 doesn't use Unity scrollbars
+ Firefox doesn't use overlay scrollbars
Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in null:
status: New → Invalid

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:7.0.1) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/7.0.1
Build ID: 20110929022028

Steps to reproduce:

Firefox does not support Ayatana scrollbars in Ubuntu 10.10. Scrollbars are rendered as plain GTK.

Launchpad bug:

Actually this is not a Bug of Firefox but of the Ayanata Scrollbar so it should be fixed there and not here.

Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2011-11-11
no longer affects: null
Ryan G (rtgkid) wrote :

---Affects everybody running Oneiric now as well.

(In reply to from comment #1)
> Actually this is not a Bug of Firefox but of the Ayanata Scrollbar so it
> should be fixed there and not here.

Can you tell us more about this?

And Precise, as of Beta 1.

tags: added: precise
sticks (orawas) wrote :

This is quite the eye sore...

Changed in firefox:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Logan Symons (noboost) wrote :

Still present in Ubuntu 12.04 with Firefox 12.0

RobinJ (robinj) wrote :

Precise Pangolin just failed at reaching its "pixel perfection"...

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Won't Fix
Pedro Bessa (pedbessa) wrote :

Firefox won't fix, but Ayatana Scrollbar (I hope) will fix.

Andrea Cimitan (cimi) wrote :

not a bug in ayatana-scrollbar. It's a bug in firefox. We should either work upstream or patch in firefox (ubuntu)

Changed in ayatana-scrollbar:
status: New → Won't Fix
Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

Heh, wrong bug ;)

Changed in firefox (Ubuntu):
status: Won't Fix → Triaged
Dr. Amr Osman (dr3mro) wrote :


This is still a problem in Ubuntu 12.04 with Firefox 13.

Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

That is no great surprise, seeing as the work hasn't been done yet. Really, there is no need for people to be adding "+1"'s and reminding us that it is still a problem.

It looks like something that should be fixed in Firefox (and Thunderbird), just as the similar bug 636564 on OS X is being fixed in Firefox.

Juan Pablo (juanps90) wrote :

Problem still persists, Ubuntu 12.04 Firefox 13.0.1

Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

Yes, there really is no need to keep pointing that out

Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2012-12-11
tags: added: oneiric quantal raring

Reporter: please change the Product field to "Core", the Component field to "Widget: Gtk", the Hardware field to "All", and the Branch field to "Trunk". Thanks!

Changes Alex Jordan requested have been made, except for "Widget: Gtk" as it is not an option on the component dropdown.

Almost a year since the last post, using firefox 30; no overlay-scrollbars :(

Was there any more progress on this issue?

Changed in firefox:
status: New → Won't Fix
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