Panel menu icons are briefly way too big (when opened the first time)

Bug #1724098 reported by nebrisi on 2017-10-16
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
gnome-shell (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

On every fresh boot, the first time when you click the drop down menu for SOUND/WIRELESS/SHUT-DOWN, the sound icon jumps out very big in size...BUT ONLY THE FIRST TIME WHEN YOU RESTART the machine!!
ApportVersion: 2.20.7-0ubuntu3
Architecture: amd64
CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
DisplayManager: gdm3
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 17.10
GsettingsChanges: enabled-extensions ['<email address hidden>'] app-picker-view uint32 1 favorite-apps ['chromium-browser.desktop', 'firefox.desktop', 'org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop', 'rhythmbox.desktop', 'org.gnome.Software.desktop', 'yelp.desktop', 'ubuntu-amazon-default.desktop']
 org.gnome.desktop.interface enable-animations false
 org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-im-module 'gtk-im-context-simple'
InstallationDate: Installed on 2017-08-31 (46 days ago)
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" - Alpha amd64 (20170820)
Package: gnome-shell 3.26.1-0ubuntu3
PackageArchitecture: amd64
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.13.0-16.19-generic 4.13.4
Tags: artful
Uname: Linux 4.13.0-16-generic x86_64
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
UserGroups: adm cdrom dip lpadmin plugdev sambashare sudo
_MarkForUpload: True

When opening the aggregate menu for the first time the speaker icon shows bigger than expected, then shortly shrinks to normal size. Unconfirmed wether it affects other icons.

*** Bug 740793 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

More than 3 years later and this bug is still not fixed...
It happens on 3.26 beta 2.

(In reply to Strangiato from comment #3)
> More than 3 years later and this bug is still not fixed...

This really makes us want to fix it *eyeroll*

> It happens on 3.26 beta 2.

This is all that was needed, really.

Does this still happen on a Wayland? An updated recording of the bug would also be helpful as the one in comment 2 is gone.

screencast does not capture this bug and I have no camera available to record a video.

Created attachment 359349
frame from the youtube video

This video shows the bug at 1min27s.
My attachment is a frame extracted from the video.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

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apport-collect 1724098

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Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete

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tags: added: apport-collected artful
description: updated

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Thanks. Can you also provide a screenshot? I wonder if this is related to the giant icon rendering bug 1718238.

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

... or if the problem is brief then photo/video.

nebrisi (ichbinich2) wrote :

Here is a gif of the problem. I should add that I'm using virtualbox if this is anyhow connected.

So this giant icon only happens for the first time you click on the tray drop-down menu.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Here's a zoomed in screenshot of the issue from your video. It shows all the icons are briefly too big.

summary: - For some BRIEF time, SOUND ICON in tray is very BIG in size
+ Panel menu icons are briefly way too big (when opened the first time)
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

I'm seeing this now myself. Maybe because I recently added a user picture to my account?

tags: added: visual-quality

Created attachment 372970
demonstration in Gnome 3.28.2

Bug persists in Gnome 3.28.2, Wayland session, Arch Linux.
It's more noticeable when shell becomes slower after some hours using my laptop.
I recorded a screencast.

Created attachment 372971
demonstration in Gnome 3.28.2

This bug persists on Arch Linux running Gnome 3.32.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: eoan
removed: artful

The bug also persists in Gnome 3.34 (release) and 3.35 (master branch).

Downstream Ubuntu bug:

Changed in gnome-shell (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in gnome-shell:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
tags: added: desktop-lts-wishlist
Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

I think this should be fixed in Gnome Shell 3.35 as the offending icons are no longer used.

tags: added: fixed-in-3.35 fixed-upstream

Bug fixed by the new menu design in 3.35/3.36.

Daniel van Vugt (vanvugt) wrote :

Maybe not. Today I did see the bug, or something like it, occur in Gnome Shell 3.35.

tags: removed: fixed-in-3.35 fixed-upstream

(In reply to Daniel van Vugt from comment #12)
> Bug fixed by the new menu design in 3.35/3.36.

I can't confirm.
Still happening on Arch Linux after upgrade to Gnome 3.36.
It's less noticeable at least.

Yes, the bug is still there :(

tags: added: focal
tags: removed: eoan
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