search button not available in some cases

Bug #337432 reported by jtlb on 2009-03-03
This bug affects 9 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
gedit (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gedit

I can not search text in gedit since the search button remains greyed on jaunty with last updates.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/gedit
Package: gedit 2.25.8-0ubuntu1
SourcePackage: gedit
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-8-generic i686

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jtlb (jt-lb) wrote :
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. Please answer these questions:

 * Is this reproducible?
 * If so, what specific steps should we take to recreate this bug?

 This will help us to find and resolve the problem.

Changed in gedit:
assignee: nobody → desktop-bugs
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Luca Falavigna (dktrkranz) wrote :

Just press CTRL + F, type something into the text box and look Find button to stay greyed out.
Attaching a screenshot to better understand this.

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

not confirming the issue on current jaunty, I got it once yesterday selected something in the combo I think and it's working since

jtlb (jt-lb) wrote :

Here is the screenshots of the bug. As said above, to reproduce the bug, one just have to press ctrl+f
same problem with search and replace. There is no bug while choosing the incremental search option from the search menu. It can be used as a workaround.

rww (rww) wrote :

I experience the same problem as jtlb. The Find button in the Find window (Ctrl-F) and the Replace button in the Replace window (Ctrl-H) only activate if I click the dropdown arrow and select a previous pattern. If I instead type something into the box (which is blank when I open the window), the button does not activate. Once I choose a previous pattern, the windows work fine in the current document until I close it.

Specific steps to reproduce:
1) Open a new gedit window
2) Type or copy-paste some text into the window
3) Click Search > Find or Ctrl-F
4) Type in a search term in the "Search for:" box
5) Notice that the "Find" button is inactive

Expected result:
The "Find" button should activate when a search term is entered into the "Search for:" box.

Victor Osadci (victor-os) wrote :


I can reproduce this too with an up-to-date 9.04.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :
Changed in gedit:
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Saivann Carignan (oxmosys) wrote :

The bug has been fixed in gedit SVN.

I'm attaching a tested debdiff for jaunty that include upstream patch and fix this bug, in case that there is some interest to have gedit fixed in ubuntu before gedit 2.25.9

Saivann Carignan (oxmosys) wrote :

gedit developers changed the fix in their svn repositories, so my debdiff isn't the final fix, even if it works. Might be better to wait on 2.25.9.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thanks for your work but GNOME 2.26 is due in 2 weeks there is probably no reason to hurry a backport there

Changed in gedit:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gedit - 2.25.8-0ubuntu2

gedit (2.25.8-0ubuntu2) jaunty; urgency=low

  * debian/
    - add vcs information
  * debian/patches/91_svn_change_fix_search_button_not_enabling.patch:
    - svn change to fix search button not being enabled when typing text
      (lp: #337432)
  * debian/watch:
    - watch unstable series too there

 -- Sebastien Bacher <email address hidden> Fri, 06 Mar 2009 11:42:24 +0100

Changed in gedit:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in gedit:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gedit:
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in gedit:
importance: Unknown → Medium
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