save dialog is modal without cause

Bug #363945 reported by Stefan Wagner on 2009-04-20
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
metacity (Ubuntu)
Ubuntu Desktop Bugs

Bug Description

1) The release of Ubuntu
  xUbuntu 8.04.2.
2) The version of the package you are using
  Mögliche Pakete:2.22.3-0ubuntu2
3) What you expected to happen
 I like to open the save-dialog, and to pick the name from the file to save.
4) What happened instead
 For instance a class DateFormSpecial has to be named, but once the modal dialog is open, I can't pick the name with the mouse. Yes, I know, I could have picked it before. But why shouldn't I switch back to the edit-mode, perhaps I see a typo in the moment I like to save? I missed to pick it before, so I have to hit "escape", pick the name, open "save as" again.

Even worse: If it is a fresh file, the name is "Ungespeichertes Dokument 1" (unsaved document 1 in english, I guess). WTF? Who ever likes to save his file, which is probably not a document as "unsaved document X"? If you do that, it isn't unsaved, so for all possible names, this one for sure is the most useless filename you might think of. Why isn't the field just empty?
It's not helpful for a beginner and annoying for everyone! If you don't take enough care to hit space immediately, but position the mouse in the field, the marking is gone, and you can't mark the whole name with a doubleclick. So you need at least half an hour to get rid of that silly dummyname. And got a stupid blank instead. Like to put a word of the text as name of the document there. Maybe a classname like DateFormSpecial, and need to close the dialog with the nice empty Textfield, mark the name DateFormSpecial, open the save-dialog again.

Well - the used behaviour is, that if you click the mousewheel alias button 3 of your mouse (you own a mouse, do you?) the last marked text is pasted, if possible, to the place of the cursor. Well - it doesn't work, cause the stupid dummyname is marked for overwriting, so you paste that name over itself, which isn't that much useful. It's like a zombie who reappears everytime you think you killed it.

I'm using linux for 11 years, and on some parts it's getting less useful than it was. Some handrails emerge as railings of a jail.

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

thank you for your bug report, that should be discussed on by somebody who has an opinion on the topic, not sure that the should would make sense since then you would be able to edit the documents while you are storing it and could run into other issues

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Ubuntu Desktop Bugs (desktop-bugs)
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

any news about this Stefan? did you sent it upstream? may you tell us the bug number there?

Stefan Wagner (wagner-stefan) wrote :

I don't understand why, but I wrote a bugreport to bugzilla:

Changed in gedit (Ubuntu):
status: New → Triaged
Changed in gedit:
status: Unknown → New
Chris Coulson (chrisccoulson) wrote :

Reassigning this to metacity as per the upstream bug report.

affects: gedit (Ubuntu) → metacity (Ubuntu)
affects: gedit → metacity
Changed in metacity:
importance: Unknown → Low
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