Pressing <enter> in Unity Alt+F2 sometimes passes incomplete command

Bug #735781 reported by Nicholas Christian Langkjær Ipsen on 2011-03-15
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This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Unity
Confirmed
Wishlist
Unassigned
unity-lens-applications
Undecided
Bilal Akhtar
unity (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned
unity-place-applications (Ubuntu)
Low
Bilal Akhtar

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Steps:
 1) <Alt-F2>
 2) Type 'xlogo'
 3) Wait until xlogo appears. Click on it with the mouse.
 4) Close the xlogo window that appears
 5) <Alt-F2>
 6) Quickly type 'xeyes<enter>'

Expected Behaviour:
 - 1 xlogo window appears
 - 1 xeyes window appears.

Actual Behaviour:
 - 2 xlogo window appears.

It seems that this <alt-f2> run dialog is not implemented as a run dialog, but an active incremental search dialog, and the <enter> stops the search from running and simply runs the last match. If you type the command name too quickly, the search never functions at all, and the previous search result from the previous invocation is used.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.6.4-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-6.34-generic 2.6.38-rc7
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-6-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,compiztoolbox,decor,imgjpeg,gnomecompat,text,vpswitch,place,session,mousepoll,snap,regex,grid,move,imgsvg,resize,imgpng,wall,animation,expo,workarounds,ezoom,staticswitcher,fade,scale,unityshell]
Date: Tue Mar 15 22:51:13 2011
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64 (20110127)
ProcEnviron:
 LANGUAGE=en_DK:en
 LANG=en_DK.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to natty on 2011-02-25 (18 days ago)

Alex Launi (alexlauni) on 2011-03-21
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Stephen Thorne (jerub) wrote :

I have done some testing with this bug. I can replicate with this technique the mode of failure in the alt-f2 runner:

Steps:
 1) <Alt-F2>
 2) Type 'xlogo'
 3) Wait until xlogo appears. Click on it with the mouse.
 4) Close the xlogo window that appears
 5) <Alt-F2>
 6) Quickly type 'xeyes<enter>'

Expected Behaviour:
 - 1 xlogo window appears
 - 1 xeyes window appears.

Actual Behaviour:
 - 2 xlogo window appears.

It seems that this <alt-f2> run dialog is not implemented as a run dialog, but an active incremental search dialog, and the <enter> stops the search from running and simply runs the last match. If you type the command name too quickly, the search never functions at all, and the previous search result from the previous invocation is used.

I would appreciate someone replicating this behavior for me.

Changed in unity-place-applications:
assignee: nobody → Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar)
status: New → In Progress
Changed in unity-place-applications (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar)
status: New → In Progress
summary: - Unity's ALT+F2 lacks functionality present in Gnome 2.XX
+ Pressing <enter> in Unity Alt+F2 sometimes passes incomplete command
description: updated
Changed in unity-place-applications (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Low
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