Ubuntu patches make applying firmware updates not possible

Bug #1565865 reported by Mario Limonciello on 2016-04-04
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
casper (Ubuntu)
Mario Limonciello
gnome-software (Ubuntu)
William Hua

Bug Description

gnome software version: 3.20.1~git20160331.78d1aab-0ubuntu2
fwupd version: 0.7.0-0ubuntu3

Now that the firmware support has been applied, I've noticed that there are some differences of behavior from upstream gnome-software without Ubuntu patches to that with the Ubuntu patches applied.

I've staged a system with firmware updates available on LVFS (XPS 9350). After trying to do an update I've noticed two specific problems.

1) The metadata for firmware updates doesn't refresh in the background. As a user you need to manually go over to the Updates tab and hit the refresh button. I may be wrong, but I believe that's caused by:

2) Hitting the refresh button gets the firmware update to download and cache in the background but the button to install it is missing. Normally this button is on the Updates tab. I believe that's caused by this:

Here is a screenshot showing what the updates tab looks like after hitting the refresh button.

Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

Also FWIW there is a handler for double clicking .cab files that had been manually downloaded. I took the file that was downloaded from the manual refresh run and opened it in gnome-software.

That actually works properly (aside from https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/desktop-file-utils/+bug/1565873)

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
William Hua (attente) on 2016-04-05
Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → William Hua (attente)
status: New → In Progress
Mario Limonciello (superm1) wrote :

Adding a casper task to make sure that when the gnome-software part is fixed gnome-software won't actually start it's user session service on live media.

Changed in casper (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
assignee: nobody → Mario Limonciello (superm1)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package casper - 1.371

casper (1.371) xenial; urgency=medium

  * Don't let gnome-software's service run in a live env. (LP: #1565865)

 -- Mario Limonciello <email address hidden> Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:27:16 -0500

Changed in casper (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package gnome-software - 3.20.1+git20160414.1.cc9a0a6.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1

gnome-software (3.20.1+git20160414.1.cc9a0a6.ubuntu-xenial-0ubuntu1) xenial; urgency=medium

  * New upstream snapshot from the wip/iainl/ubuntu-xenial branch at
    + Uses libapt instead of manual parsing to find out about Debian packages.
    + Runs the background service again for firmware and other updates. (LP:
    + Fixes use-after-free (LP: #1554164)
    + Should mark software as 'free' correctly. (LP: #1569328, #1568021)
  * All Ubuntu patches are in the orig.tar.xz, so have been dropped from the
  * debian/control: Add libapt-pkg-dev BD - the apt plugin now uses libapt
    directly instead of parsing files itself.
  * debian/README.source: Add info on where the upstream VCS with Ubuntu
    changes is.

 -- Iain Lane <email address hidden> Thu, 14 Apr 2016 14:15:33 +0100

Changed in gnome-software (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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