VPN connection edit window too big on netbook when Gnome panel at bottom is enabled

Bug #531842 reported by Stephan Peijnik on 2010-03-04
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
network-manager-openvpn (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

The VPN connection edit window is too big on netbooks with a Gnome panel at the bottom, so the buttons at the bottom are hidden (outside of screen) and thus cannot be clicked.

Additionally the window cannot be resized. Again: this only affects netbook installations with a Gnome bottom panel and should not effect setups without that panel.

Either the window should be made resizable (maybe not possible) or some settings have to be moved in another tab for example.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
CRDA: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
Date: Thu Mar 4 12:07:35 2010
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu-Netbook-Remix 9.10 "Karmic Koala" - Release i386 (20091028.4)
IpRoute: via dev wlan0 proto static dev tun0 proto kernel scope link src dev wlan0 proto kernel scope link src metric 2 dev wlan0 scope link metric 1000
 default dev tun0 proto static
Package: network-manager-gnome 0.8~a~git.20091014t134532.4033e62-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-20.57-generic
SourcePackage: network-manager-applet
Tags: ubuntu-unr
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-20-generic i686

Stephan Peijnik (speijnik) wrote :
Kamil Kisiel (kisielk) wrote :

I'm running UNR 10.04 on an HP Mini 1030NR. Even without any bottom panel in Gnome (just the top bar and application menu) the VPN connection edit window does not fit on the screen. The buttons are not visible by default and it seems the only way to access them is to alt-drag the window till they are visible.

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Netbook Team (netbook-team)
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

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Changed in network-manager-applet (Ubuntu):
assignee: Netbook Team (netbook-team) → nobody
status: Confirmed → Incomplete
Graham Wall (g-hamwall) wrote :

I raised a bug for the same thing in Oneiric as that is where I am seeing the problem, and marked it as a duplicate of this one. (I did not know how to mark this bug as affecting Oneric.)

To confirm, I am running Oneric and can reproduce this. (bug#983115) I will attach a screenshot when I am able.

Graham Wall (g-hamwall) wrote :

Attaching screenshot, using 12.04 beta. Note the missing buttons from the bottom.

So that's the OpenVPN plugin then, right?

I'm pretty sure it is, though I don't happen to have the plugin installed on this computer right now, so I'll reassign to the package.

I think this should be pretty simple to fix as an update, and should be reasonably safe to do so. I'll map it in such a way as to deal with about 600px as a minimum to deal with the 1024x600 netbook screens, though not really any smaller. There isn't much missing, so it should be easy enough. Targetting to precise-updates, assigned to me so that I don't forget to get back to it soon.

affects: network-manager-applet (Ubuntu) → network-manager-openvpn (Ubuntu)
Changed in network-manager-openvpn (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre (mathieu-tl)
importance: Undecided → Low
status: Incomplete → Triaged
milestone: none → precise-updates
Graham Wall (g-hamwall) wrote :

Yes, that is using the OpenVPN plugin.

Thanks for looking into this.

Kamil Kisiel.

Thanks for your hint about using alt drag that allowed me to setup openvpn on my netbook. What a pain.


This bug has been around for a while. Do you have any plans for a long term fix?


No, there is no plan for a long-term fix yet.

The UI might need some rework, yes, but that would be better done upstream.

Otherwise, it's a matter of just how the UI is designed, so AFAICS no real way around it.

I'm going to unassign myself now because I don't expect to have time to work on it soon, but I doesn't mean the bug won't get fixed. We'll see. Maybe I can fit this in during travel time to UDS :)

Changed in network-manager-openvpn (Ubuntu):
assignee: Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre (mathieu-tl) → nobody
milestone: precise-updates → none

Removing the milestone too, it affects more than just precise anyway, and is still relevant on newer releases: that means we'll fix this in the development release directly first, and then backport/SRU the changes if possible to previous releases.

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