Need more effective feedback when there is a long delay before an applist is loaded

Bug #630641 reported by Gary Lasker on 2010-09-05
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)
Low
Gary Lasker

Bug Description

Binary package hint: software-center

Ubuntu Software Center 2.1.15, Ubuntu Maverick

Some applist views in Software Center contain many items, and when these views are selected there can be a delay of up to a few seconds or more before the list is displayed. Currently, a wait cursor is displayed during this period, but this isn't terribly effective as the applist panel remains blank during this time and for many folks it feels as if nothing is happening, or that the program has frozen.

A spinner in the applist panel would provide much clearer feedback that something is happening while an applist is loading.

Of course, the ultimate goal is to reduce or eliminate these kinds of delays but that is a subject of other bug report(s).

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → In Progress
importance: Undecided → Low
assignee: nobody → Gary Lasker (gary-lasker)
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Fix Committed
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Thanks for fixing this, it's a great improvement to responsiveness.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package software-center - 2.1.16

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software-center (2.1.16) maverick; urgency=low

  [ Gary Lasker ]
  * softwarecenter/view/purchasedialog.py:
    - make the "Terms of Service" popup display correctly in
      front of the purchase dialog (LP: #625398)
    - tweak the width of the purchase dialog window to
      accomodate the current Ubuntu SSO page width
  * softwarecenter/view/channelpane.py:
    - always default to hiding non-app packages when
      selecting a new channel item in the left navigation
      pane (LP: #630631)
  * softwarecenter/view/softwarepane.py,
    softwarecenter/view/availablepane.py,
    softwarecenter/view/channelpane.py
    softwarecenter/view/installedpane.py:
    - display a spinner while loading an applist view
      (LP: #630641)

  [ Michael Vogt ]
  * remove debug output
  * merged lp:~mmcg069/software-center/small-fix (many thanks!)
    - prevents the exposure of the carousel icons before they have
      been allocated.
  * verify sortmode when building categories (LP: #618411) and
    ignore categories with unknown/unsupported ones
  * merged lp:~mmcg069/software-center/cleanup-software-section-code
    that fixes LP: #624786 (many thanks)
  * make sure there is always a toplevel transaction for a pending
    purchase even if s-c waits for the for-pay repository to become
    available (LP: #627608)
  * softwarecenter/view/purchasedialog.py:
    - support both "failure_reason" and "failures" as error strings
      from the agent
  * merged lp:~mmcg069/software-center/Bug617443 (LP: #617443)
  * merged lp:~mmcg069/software-center/bug628714 (LP: #628714)
  * merged lp:~mmcg069/software-center/hover-highlight-tweaks to
    use correct prelight color

  [ Kiwinote ]
  * data/featured.menu.in:
    - fretsonfire instead of fretsonfire-game, due to desktop file changes
  * data/software-center.menu.in:
    - use correct icon for system category, thanks vish!
  * softwarecenter/apt/aptcache.py:
    - don't crash on broken dependencies (LP: #630579)
      (testcase: acl2-books)
  * softwarecenter/db/application.py:
    - set pkgname for deb files correctly (LP: #628787)
      (testcase: replace _ with - in filename of an outdated deb file of s-c)
  * softwarecenter/view/appdetailsview_gtk.py:
    - never display the description of a different pkg
      (testcase: browse to any appdetails view and then to fluendo dvd player)
    - don't crash if icon for 'where is it' is None (LP: #629845)
    - don't crash if icon for addon can not be opened (LP: #629937)
    - don't display add-ons when we have an error
      (testcase: deb file of wrong architecture)
  * softwarecenter/view/appview.py:
    - fix startup crash (LP: #618411)
  * softwarecenter/view/availablepane.py:
    - set section for subcategory view (this means that we now have a bg)
  * softwarecenter/view/installedpane.py:
    - don't return to installed overview list on reopening db
  * softwarecenter/view/widgets/pathbar_gtk_atk.py:
    - fix visual corruption on appending pathbar part
      (testcase: channelpane > details > different channelpane > details)
 -- Michael Vogt <email address hidden> Tue, 07 Sep ...

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status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
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