rename (F2) doesn't work as expected in list view

Bug #658555 reported by Damien on 2010-10-11
This bug affects 65 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Fix Released
nautilus (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: nautilus

In Nautilus 2.32.0, when renaming a file using the F2 shortcut, the file name is highlighted, while the dot and extension are not, which is good. However, when in list mode, both the file name and extension are highlighted.

Steps to reproduce:
1. Open Nautilus
2. Set the view to icon view
3. Select a file
4. Press F2
5. The file name is highlighted but not the dot or extension
6. Press ESC to cancel renaming
7. Set the view to list view
8. Select the same file as in step 3
9. Press F2

Actual behaviour:
The full file name, including the dot and extension is highlighted.

Expected behaviour:
Only the file name stem should be highlighted, as in step 5.

Original bug report in French:

Dans Nautilus 3.32.0, lorsque l'on renomme un fichier avec extension, après l'appuie sur F2, le nom du fichier est sélectionné sauf le point et l'extension --> OK
Ceci ne fonctionne pas dans la Vue en liste

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: nautilus 1:2.32.0-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.33-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic i686
Architecture: i386
CheckboxSubmission: d5adbe26ca4dc8dd142cadec6fd2aef9
CheckboxSystem: 7bd8da88dafd60871851ac52e3ae8049
Date: Mon Oct 11 19:27:22 2010
ExecutablePath: /usr/bin/nautilus
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.5)
SourcePackage: nautilus

Damien (damien-piquet) wrote :
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

thanks for the bug report can you please translate it into english?

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → Incomplete
Bruno Girin (brunogirin) on 2010-10-11
summary: - pb renommage
+ Nautilus rename (F2) doesn't work as expected in list view [pb
+ renommage]

Translated and clarified bug. I can also reproduce it in Nautilus 2.32.0 in Maverick so changing the status to Confirmed.

description: updated
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Confirmed
Changed in nautilus:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

thanks for sending this bug to the developers of nautilus.

Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
ammonkey (am-monkeyd) on 2010-10-18
Changed in nautilus-elementary:
status: New → Fix Committed
Mauro D'Aloisio (maurodaloisio) wrote :

Same bug on Natty, nautilus 2.32.2

Changed in nautilus:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released

I just updated my installation to kernel 2.6.35-27, but I see no difference. F2 still selects the file extension ... Has the fix been released?

Has the update been released? It seems that it was not included in the recent updates.

John (john-m-lang) wrote :

No. The recent status change refers to the upstream bug being marked as fixed in master. The bug is still marked as Triaged in Ubuntu. It appears that, as of yet, no one has backported the patch to 2.32.0 and generated a new package. Check upstream for more info.

B. Clausius (barcc) on 2011-03-20
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → B Clausius (barcc)
B. Clausius (barcc) wrote :

I have created debdiffs for Natty and Maverick. The upstream patch applied cleanly, only the target file name from the patch has changed.

For those who want to test the change, there are debsin my PPA:

tags: added: patch
Pebas (pebasmisc) wrote :

Thanks B Clausius, patch tested in Maverick i386 and works ok.

10o (tinobos) wrote :

Thanks a lot!
Works fine in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick 64-bit as well.

Nat Wilson (njwilson23) wrote :

I can second that it appears to work under 64-bit Maverick.

Iván López (ivanlopez) wrote :

It works properly in 10.10 64 bits.


Regards, Iván.

summary: - Nautilus rename (F2) doesn't work as expected in list view [pb
- renommage]
+ rename (F2) doesn't work as expected in list view
Changed in nautilus (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
assignee: B Clausius (barcc) → nobody
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your work there, I've pinged upstream about it and they will get it commited in gnome-2-32 and get a new tarball before natty with that fix and some others included

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

not sure the fix qualities for a stable update in a non lts version, update have a cost for the ubuntu team, testers, mirrors, users who download the update, etc, those are usually restricted to fix important issues

ammonkey (am-monkeyd) on 2011-03-29
Changed in nautilus-elementary:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
S.Rey (s.rey) wrote :

Bug is still present in Natty beta 32bits (Nautilus
Will the fix be released for Natty?

Felix Haller (felixhaller) wrote :

can confirm this in Natty beta2 with Nautilus
please commit the patch, to fix the bug in the final.

S.Rey (s.rey) wrote :

Confirmed this bug on natty final. (nautilus 1:

steubens (steubens) wrote :

this needs an SRU to get it into natty/maverick; if someone knows how to do one

kenden (kenden) wrote :

Still present in Natty (64bit here). Can we reopen the bug?

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