Ctrl+A select all shortcut is enabled

Bug #755548 reported by Robert Roth on 2011-04-09
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
synaptic (Ubuntu)
Low
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Bug Description

Binary package hint: synaptic

When browsing the packages with synaptic, the Ctrl+A/ select all keyboard shortcut is enabled, but useless:
1) When selecting all packages, only the description of the last one is shown
2) When pressing Space to select/deselect the ones selected, only the last item selected with the mouse will be marked/unmarked.
The select all can cause confusion, the shortcut should not be available.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: synaptic 0.75.1ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-8.41-generic-pae 2.6.38.2
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-8-generic-pae i686
NonfreeKernelModules: wl
Architecture: i386
Date: Sat Apr 9 16:48:26 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Beta i386 (20110330)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_US:en
 LANG=en_US.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: synaptic
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)

Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2012-02-14
Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → Low
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2012-02-16
Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Robert Roth (evfool)
status: Confirmed → In Progress
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

I am not sure about this fix.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

As the code supports selecting multiple packages and doing eg. remove / upgrade on them.

Robert Roth (evfool) wrote :

From mvo's code review on the fix for this bug (only allow single selection on the tree): Setting only single selection "is not ideal as the code supports multiple selection and its actually a quite useful feature IMO. It does not work with the "space" key very well, so we would either need to find a way to make "space" on multiple selections clear the selection and do nothing else (so that the second space triggers the action). Or make the space trigger the best possible action on all selection."

Changed in synaptic (Ubuntu):
status: In Progress → Triaged
assignee: Robert Roth (evfool) → nobody
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