Open Recent Items show as always empty in Gedit

Bug #1570227 reported by karthikkn on 2016-04-14
This bug affects 28 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gedit (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Gedit doesn't show the recently opened files under File -> Open Recent. In Open Recent it only shows Reopen Closed Tabs but that is also not active (i.e not clickable).

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 16.04
Package: gedit 3.18.3-0ubuntu4
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.4.0-16.32-generic 4.4.6
Uname: Linux 4.4.0-16-generic i686
ApportVersion: 2.20.1-0ubuntu1
Architecture: i386
CurrentDesktop: Unity
Date: Thu Apr 14 13:16:33 2016
SourcePackage: gedit
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

karthikkn (karthikkn) wrote :
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. The issue you are reporting is an upstream one and it would be nice if somebody having it could send the bug to the developers of the software by following the instructions at If you have done so, please tell us the number of the upstream bug (or the link), so we can add a bugwatch that will inform us about its status. Thanks in advance.

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
karthikkn (karthikkn) wrote :

@Seb128 Thanks for the response. I've filed it in gnome bugzilla and here's the link:

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :


Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in gedit:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → New
Max Barry (max-maxbarry) wrote :

Looks like a Ubuntu issue to me, since in that Gnome bug, upstream says recent files have been moved to beneath the "Open \/" button on gedit's taskbar:

And indeed they are there! However, on Ubuntu 16.04, gedit also has a "File" -> "Open Recent" menu, which is now non-functional (it's always empty).

It's a bit confusing since "File" -> "Open Recent" has always been the way to find recent files. It should either be removed or work.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

> "File" -> "Open Recent" menu, which is now non-functional (it's always empty).

it's not always empty, it has an item to restore recently closed tabs, which indeed is less useful than actually listing recent documents and a bit confusing

John Center (john-center) wrote :

I've had the same problem since upgrading to 16.04. It looks like the dropdown list from the Open tab is showing the recent files, but not the File->Open Recent menu item.

John Pye (jdpipe) wrote :

Looks to me that the 'Recent files' menu item needs to be removed, unless a way can be found to re-port the old behaviour into the Unity menus again. No point having that entry with just 'Reopen closed tabs' in it; it's misleading.

I don't like the Gnome "Open \/" menu so much as it doesn't work well at all with the keyboard. If I type alt-O, then I can't type alt-D to open the 'Other Documents' button, because Unity assumes I want the Document menu in the main menu-bar. Also, there is no alt-O-1, alt-O-2 keybinding to quickly access past files -- you have to hit the arrow keys until you highlight the file you want.

Are convenient key-bindings falling from favour somehow? Same problems occurring all the time with LibreOffice these days too...

Martin (martin3000) wrote :

Is there a way to get the list of recent edited files?
Here I cannot get this list as reported in

Martin (martin3000) wrote :
describes how to get a list of recent files but this list is always empty.

rob cain (rcain-3) wrote :

Experiencinig same problem onUbuntu 16.04 (latest). Was working fine before a recent update.

Kevin Krumwiede (kjkrum) wrote :

Re. #8: In 3.18.3, the dropdown list in the "Open" button doesn't show any recent files, either.

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
donnyKerabatsos (spamsoop) wrote :

experiencing the same problem after upgrading to ubuntu 16.04

jimmack (jim-oss-ltd) wrote :

I'm using Linux Mint 18.1 (based on Ubuntu 16.04).
I was experiencing the same problem with gedit and I noticed that GIMP was also not populating the document history. A search for this issue with GIMP found a post that explained that under Preferences -> System Settings -> Privacy, there is an option to "Remember recently accessed files" (defaulting to "Off"). I've enabled that and now I'm getting my history lists again, although on gedit, it's only through the Open \/ menu.
Personally, I'd prefer it if the File menu was fixed, but if we're going to have to use the new open drop-down, then the "Open Recent" option needs to be removed to avoid further confusion.

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