battery indicator is hidden when no battery is present

Bug #1298088 reported by Efren D. Montales Jr. on 2014-03-26
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
indicator-power (Ubuntu)
Charles Kerr

Bug Description

Ubuntu Trusty Tahr (14.04 Beta2)

Though there's no battery attached on my laptop but then it should have
a indicator in panel that power is plug in.

<>: "The “Show status in the menu bar:” menu should have options “When a battery or chargeable device is present”, “When something is charging or discharging”, and “Never”."

description: updated
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

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tags: added: iso-testing
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in indicator-power (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Charles Kerr (charlesk) wrote :

Hi Efren, thanks for reporting this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better.

The indicator's visibility is behaving correctly as per the spec <>. I'm happy with the current behavior, but this is a Design question, so I'm assigning this ticket over to the Design team for feedback.

summary: - battery indicator missing
+ battery indicator is hidden when no battery is present
Changed in indicator-power (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: Confirmed → New
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Ah, this is a bug in the design. Where there is a battery slot with no battery in it, its menu item should say "Battery (not present)". But with the current design, that item will never appear, unless there happen to be any other chargeable components connected to ensure that the menu is present at all!

So the default "When a battery is present" setting needs to change to something meaning "When a battery, battery slot, or anything chargeable is present". But that's much too long for a menu item, so we need a shorter way of saying it.

Changed in indicator-power (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
Changed in indicator-power (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Triaged
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → Charles Kerr (charlesk)
description: updated
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