Run Application does not have proper file name completion

Bug #550774 reported by Mikael Ståldal on 2010-03-29
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-panel (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The "Run Application" (Alt-F2) dialog in GNOME does not have proper support for file name completion.

If you want to run a file in some directory, you enter the directory name and then you are stuck unless you know the first character of the file name. Even if there is only one file in the directory, you need to supply the first character of the file name to proceed.

And if the directory contains more than one file with the same file name prefix, you need to enter an unique prefix to proceed.

It should be possible to get a list of files matching a given prefix (or all files in the directory if no prefix is given). It should provide the same functionality as TAB completion in the shell (but not necessary using the TAB key).

(Ubuntu 9.10.)

tags: added: wishlist
Gabe Gorelick (gabegorelick) wrote :

I think the Run Application dialog is provided directly by the panel. What you're describing sounds like gmrun [1], which is available in the archive.


affects: ubuntu → gnome-panel (Ubuntu)
Mikael Ståldal (mikaelstaldal) wrote :

Yes, something like gmrun would be nice to have in the standard "Run Application" dialog in GNOME.

Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

Thanks for the report, that's known upstream, you can track it here:

Changed in gnome-panel (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gnome-panel:
status: Unknown → New
Changed in gnome-panel:
importance: Unknown → Wishlist
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