pavucontrol's window width depends on stream names, may get very wide

Bug #421621 reported by Václav Šmilauer on 2009-08-30
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
One Hundred Papercuts
Fix Released
pavucontrol (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: pavucontrol

Pavucontrol's window is determined dynamically to accomodate all controls, including stream labels. That can lead to window (much) larger that screen width, which makes it difficult to manipulate the controls (moving window left and right with alt-drag and such). The attached screenshot shows this -- it was combined from 2 screenshots, as the pertion beyond screen was not shot.

Proper solution would be to limit the width somehow and ellipsisize the stream name.

Running up-to-date karmic; pavucontrol 0.9.8+git20090701-0ubuntu2.

Václav Šmilauer (eudoxos) wrote :
description: updated
tags: added: usability
markus haider (markus.haider) wrote :

This affects me too, and it is really annoying. If I use a virtual simultanous output device of pulseaudio, pavucontrol gets wider than my screen. This is very annoying, but should be easy to fix. I think most of the users which will use simulatnous output will encounter this problem

Changed in pavucontrol (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: New → Confirmed
markus haider (markus.haider) wrote :

I think this could be judged as being of medium importance, what do you think?

Vish (vish) wrote :

Thank you for bringing this bug to our attention. However, a paper cut should be a small usability issue, in the default Ubuntu install, that affects many people and is quick and easy to fix. So this bug can't be addressed as part of this project.

- PAVU control is not part of the default install , hence not a papercut.
For further information about papercuts criteria, please read

Don't worry though, this bug has been marked as "Invalid" only in the papercuts project.

Changed in hundredpapercuts:
status: Confirmed → Invalid

Created attachment 52765
Screenshot of the problem

With my current setup pavucontrol's main window is unwieldily large, even on a 1920x1200 desktop.

  See the first screenshot.

This is a PITA for my endusers when adjusting which o/p to direct an application to.

With the attached patch you get the second screenshot. Not elegant I know, but at least the window now fits on the screen.

Created attachment 52766
Shifts the Device button down on to a separate line

Changed in pulseaudio:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Changed in pulseaudio:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Adolfo Jayme (fitojb) on 2014-06-24
Changed in pavucontrol (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
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