inconsistant names use

Bug #601041 reported by Sebastien Bacher on 2010-07-02
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu Software Center
Invalid
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Fix Released
Undecided
Unassigned
unity-lens-applications
Medium
Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen
software-center (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Matthew Paul Thomas
unity (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned
unity-place-applications (Ubuntu)
Low
Unassigned

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity-place-applications

Using the current maverick version gedit is listed as "Text Editor" is the most used list but as "gedit" in the "installed" one

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Changed in unity-place-applications (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
Neil J. Patel (njpatel) on 2010-07-03
Changed in unity-place-applications:
assignee: nobody → Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen (kamstrup)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged

I've tracked this down to software-center not using the GenericName from the .desktop file as application name in it's index, but just uses the Name entry.

Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Use of Name in USC rather than GenericName is deliberate, so that (for example) we don't offer a bunch of different applications apparently all called "Text Editor". <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareCenter#software-title>

Why is Unity using a different method of determining the name of something in the most-used list vs. the installed list?

Changed in software-center:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt)
status: New → Incomplete

The Most Used and Installed groups come from Zeitgeist and S-C respectively. Until very recently I saved a good deal of IO not looking up the .desktop files for stuff where I could get the info I needed straight from S-Cs index.

However that changed (with the introduction of a cache for the parsed .desktop files) and we are now consistent between Most Used and Installed. The Available group still uses Name, which I guess is the right choice as you highlight.

It means that we have a bit of a broken UX when installing an app from the Available group though. I click Available -> gEdit and install it via S-C, after that GEdit shows up under Installed as "Text Editor"... There is no easy fix as far as I can see though... Perhaps with the highlighting of new apps as you requested it's helped out a bit.

Changed in unity-place-applications:
status: Triaged → Fix Committed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-02-21
Changed in unity:
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in unity-place-applications (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Committed
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in unity-place-applications (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in unity-place-applications:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Fix Released
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