indicator icon gives false sense of urgency

Bug #713356 reported by zpletan on 2011-02-04
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-power-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: gnome-power-manager

I have a laptop with a large battery. When GPM gets to the point where it uses battery-020, the applet/indicator in the panel makes me think I'm going to run out of batter imminently (e.g. next 15-30 minutes). Indeed, on another laptop with a smaller batter, I usually get this when I have only ~20-30 minutes left. But on this laptop, if I click on the indicator, it tells me I have 1 hour, 30 minutes left, which is about 3 times longer than I want to go before getting notified that I'm about to run out of battery.

So there are several solutions I can think of, and I'm sure there are more:
1) GPM ships with an orange icon for battery-020, and a red icon for battery-000. You could just say it is a problem with the user's icon theme. The problem is that this is not good for a lot of more symbolic (at least in the panel) icon themes (e.g. ubuntu-mono, elementary).
2) Somehow implement it so that the percent at which it turns red is configurable. (Easily configurable, not hacking the icon theme configurable).
3) Somehow implement it so that if you get to a certain amount of battery time left (ideally also user-configurable, but it doesn't have to be here, unlike in #2), /then/ the icon turns red. I like this solution out of all the ones I see.
4) Something else I didn't think of. :)

For solutions 2 and 3, the icon spec for gpm could merely be changed to have gpm-battery-[01][02468]0 /and/ something like gpm-battery-[01][02468]0-warning. The gpm-battery-* could be normal, and the gpm-battery-*-warning could be the red ones that get displayed when you start to run out.


ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: gnome-power-manager 2.32.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-25.44-generic-pae
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-25-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Architecture: i386
Date: Fri Feb 4 14:57:17 2011
GnomeSessionIdleInhibited: No
GnomeSessionInhibitors: None
GnomeSessionSuspendInhibited: No
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Release i386 (20101007)
MachineType: Dell Inc. Studio 1737
ProcCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-25-generic-pae root=UUID=076f8d28-c4ba-458d-be88-d1311ab34135 ro quiet splash
 PATH=(custom, user)
SourcePackage: gnome-power-manager 11/25/2009
dmi.bios.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.bios.version: A08 0P792H
dmi.board.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.board.version: A08
dmi.chassis.type: 8
dmi.chassis.vendor: Dell Inc.
dmi.chassis.version: A08
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnDellInc.:bvrA08:bd11/25/2009:svnDellInc.:pnStudio1737:pvrA08:rvnDellInc.:rn0P792H:rvrA08:cvnDellInc.:ct8:cvrA08: Studio 1737
dmi.product.version: A08
dmi.sys.vendor: Dell Inc.

zpletan (zpletan) wrote :
description: updated
summary: - GPM indicator applet icon give false alarm re: battery
+ indicator icon gives user false sense of alarm
zpletan (zpletan) on 2011-02-04
description: updated
zpletan (zpletan) on 2011-02-04
summary: - indicator icon gives user false sense of alarm
+ indicator icon gives false sense of warning
zpletan (zpletan) on 2011-02-05
summary: - indicator icon gives false sense of warning
+ indicator icon gives false sense of urgency
Gary M (garym) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug #701941, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

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