Cell phone/modem name is too wide in nm-applet menu

Bug #387329 reported by Jonas Björk on 2009-06-15
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
network-manager-applet (Ubuntu)
Alexander Sack

Bug Description

When I plug in my cell phone (Sony Ericsson C905i) with USB-cable nm-applet shows my cell phone name and makes the context menu too wide. I attach a screenshot that explains what i mean. I would prefer that the phone name was shown as "SEMC C905i" instead for easier reading in menu.

Jonas Björk (jonasbjork) wrote :
Jonas Björk (jonasbjork) wrote :

Forgot: Ubuntu 9.04, network-manager-gnome 0.7.1~rc4.1-0ubuntu2

Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

is it fixed in ~network-manager PPA for you?

Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

in karmic this is somewhat fixed by bug

anyway, that patch isnt upstream as they want something like:

diff --git a/src/utils/utils.c b/src/utils/utils.c
index eee14e8..a69afe6 100644
--- a/src/utils/utils.c
+++ b/src/utils/utils.c
@@ -82,6 +82,7 @@ static char *ignored_phrases[] = {
        "Business Mobile Networks BV",
        "Mobile Broadband Minicard Composite Device",
        "Mobile Communications AB",
+ "Sony Ericsson Mobile AB",

Can you try this? Also please attach your outpof of nm-tool when having those menu entries.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Alexander Sack (asac)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: New → In Progress
Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

> Can you try this? Also please attach your outpof of nm-tool when having those menu entries.

i am posting this, because the real problem here is that your device shows up _twice_ without that network-manager wouldnt use the long description in the first place.

On top of the nm-tool output, also attach your lshal when your mobile card is plugged in.

Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :
Jonas Björk (jonasbjork) wrote :

Alexander: I get two entries because Ubuntu identifies my cell phone as ttyACM0 and ttyACM1 . That's what I think.. :/ Output from dmesg when connecting USB-cable to cell phone:

[ 2081.870101] ehci_hcd 0000:00:1a.7: dma_pool_free buffer-2048, ffff880037890000/37890000 (bad dma)
[ 2701.704126] usb 1-3: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 5
[ 2701.850490] usb 1-3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[ 2701.869640] cdc_acm 1-3:1.1: ttyACM0: USB ACM device
[ 2701.887256] cdc_acm 1-3:1.3: ttyACM1: USB ACM device
[ 2701.910787] cdc_wdm 1-3:1.7: cdc-wdm0: USB WDM device
[ 2701.926882] usb 1-3: unsupported MDLM descriptors

Attaching my nm-tool output before 1) trying PPA and 2) trying your patch. Will try PPA and patch later today.

Jonas Björk (jonasbjork) wrote :

Ok, I downloaded https://launchpad.net/~network-manager/+archive/ppa/+files/network-manager-gnome_0.7.1-0ubuntu1~nm1~jaunty1_amd64.deb ( I have a Core2Duo 64bit ) and now it looks better :). Well, I am satisfied. When does it get into mainstream repos?

Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

it wont. please check the patch, because that is something we could add.

Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

i will see if i can find which patch is it that is missing to make only one of your devices being shown. can you please attach a complete syslog after pluggin in your device?

Jonas Björk (jonasbjork) wrote :

You mean the patch in https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager-applet/+bug/387329/comments/6 ? Shall I download the source code for NM from Ubuntu repo and apply patch or some other source package? I will help you on this one, but need to know what source package I should patch :)

I attach syslog regarding connecting my cell phone until it is available in nm-applet. Hope that helps.

Przemek K. (azrael) wrote :

I have the same bug with my USB HSDPA modem ZTE MF 626 which is shown in nm-applet as "ZTE Incorporated ZTE CDMA Technologies MSM".

Przemek K. (azrael) wrote :

BTW: my modem also appears twice in nm-applet.

summary: - Cell phone name is too wide
+ Cell phone/modem name is too wide
Przemek K. (azrael) on 2009-07-02
tags: added: usability
summary: - Cell phone/modem name is too wide
+ Cell phone/modem name is too wide in nm-applet menu
Alexander Sack (asac) wrote :

this is fixed in karmic:

* Upstream release 0.7.1
  * drop patches applied upstream
    - delete patches/fix_upstream_buildfailure.patch
    - update patches/series
  * adjust patches to new upstream code base
    - update patches/lp341940_use_ellipsized_menu_entries.patch
  * fix LP: #341940 - menu entries like device names can be overly long;
    we fix this by using ellipsized labels with proper tooltip to allow
    interested users to read the full text label
    - add patches/lp341940_use_ellipsized_menu_entries.patch
    - update patches/series

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Released
Przemek K. (azrael) on 2009-07-04
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
milestone: none → round-8
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