Version unknown of not-installed applications, it appears for installed ones

Bug #1564621 reported by Amr Ibrahim on 2016-03-31
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Release Notes for Ubuntu
gnome-software (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

non-installed software don't have a version info

Test case
start gnome-software, click on a non installed software, the version should be a number instead of "unknown"

Regression potential
having this information requires adding infos to items which didn't have some, so means more backend work which might slow down things


Applications show their version unknown in the Details section when they are not installed. The version shows up for installed applications.

Version should appear for both not-installed and installed applications.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: xenial
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
tags: added: rls-x-incoming
Mathew Hodson (mhodson) on 2016-04-24
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
importance: High → Medium
Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
importance: Medium → High
summary: - Version unkown of not-installed applications, it appears for installed
+ Version unknown of not-installed applications, it appears for installed
tags: added: trello-import
Will Cooke (willcooke) on 2016-04-25
tags: removed: trello-import
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
description: updated

Hello Amr, or anyone else affected,

Accepted gnome-software into xenial-proposed. The package will build now and be available at in a few hours, and then in the -proposed repository.

Please help us by testing this new package. See for documentation how to enable and use -proposed. Your feedback will aid us getting this update out to other Ubuntu users.

If this package fixes the bug for you, please add a comment to this bug, mentioning the version of the package you tested, and change the tag from verification-needed to verification-done. If it does not fix the bug for you, please add a comment stating that, and change the tag to verification-failed. In either case, details of your testing will help us make a better decision.

Further information regarding the verification process can be found at . Thank you in advance!

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: New → Fix Committed
tags: added: verification-needed
Amr Ibrahim (amribrahim1987) wrote :

After updating to the version in xenial-proposed, I had to end the gnome-software process because it was open in the background.

It is fixed. I can see the version of non-installed apps.

tags: added: verification-done
removed: verification-needed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-software - 3.20.1+git20160426.1.a976144-ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1

gnome-software (3.20.1+git20160426.1.a976144-ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  * New upstream snapshot from the wip/ubuntu-xenial branch at
    - Recognize apt: urls (LP: #1559185)
    - Increase the number of displayed reviews from 10 to 30 (LP: #1559284)
    - Show version information for non-installed apps (LP: #1564621)
    - Show size information for non-installed apps (LP: #1571414)
    - Fix sideloading of local .deb files (LP: #1573408)
    - Enable the Snappy backend (LP: #1575104)

 -- William Hua <email address hidden> Tue, 26 Apr 2016 14:55:05 +0200

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Mathew Hodson (mhodson) on 2016-04-28
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu Xenial):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu Xenial):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released

The verification of the Stable Release Update for gnome-software has completed successfully and the package has now been released to -updates. Subsequently, the Ubuntu Stable Release Updates Team is being unsubscribed and will not receive messages about this bug report. In the event that you encounter a regression using the package from -updates please report a new bug using ubuntu-bug and tag the bug report regression-update so we can easily find any regressions.

Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
assignee: nobody → Francis Bwalya (74kays+mcfrance)
Mathew Hodson (mhodson) on 2017-10-22
Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
assignee: Francis Bwalya (74kays+mcfrance) → nobody
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