"Searching for available drivers..." gives no indication of progress

Bug #1466479 reported by Matthew Paul Thomas on 2015-06-18
This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-properties (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

software-properties, Ubuntu 14.04

1. Open System Settings > "Software & Updates".
2. Choose "Additional Drivers".
3. Wait 30 seconds.

What you see:
2. The text "Searching for available drivers..." centered in the box, but no other hint of progress.
3. A list of drivers.

What you should see:
2. A progress bar, if the driver search has determinate progress; otherwise a spinner.

<https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareAndUpdatesSettings#drivers>: “The ‘Additional Drivers’ tab should begin with a listbox containing a progress bar and the text ‘Searching for available drivers…’ until the search is complete.”

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :
summary: - "Searching for available drivers..." gives no hint of progress
+ "Searching for available drivers..." gives no indication of progress
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
description: updated
Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

I just discovered that the code already includes a progress bar:

        self.label_driver_detail = Gtk.Label(label=_("Searching for available "
                                                     "drivers..."), **props)

        self.progress_bar = Gtk.ProgressBar()
        self.box_driver_action.pack_end(self.progress_bar, False, False, 0)

Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be any code that makes that progress bar visible.

Anyway, specification updated. <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareAndUpdatesSettings?action=diff&rev2=23&rev1=22>

Changed in software-properties (Ubuntu):
assignee: Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) → nobody
status: In Progress → Triaged
description: updated
tags: added: trusty
Stuart Gillies (gillies) wrote :

There is another aspect to this minor but irritating bug. Whilst additional drivers are being searched for, the panel displays the message "No additional drivers are in use". This should not be displayed as at this point the software does not know if this is true or not.

Not mission critical, but it undermines the professionalism of Ubuntu.

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