Scale plugin regression: having only one window prevents application-level scale

Bug #748408 reported by Chad A. Davis on 2011-04-02
This bug affects 1 person
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unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: unity

Start a single instance (single window) of any application (e.g. Firefox). Click on it's icon in the unity launcher.
Expected: activation of the scale plugin on the single window.
Actual: Scale plugin is not activated (presumably because only a single window for the application exists).

If an application has two or more windows/instances, the scale does activate when clicking on the application icon in the launcher.

Approximately a week ago this would cause the scale plugin to activate for windows/instances of that one application. This provides a confirmation to the user that 1) scale is working in general 2) there is really just one, e.g. browser, window open and not another window possibly hidden behind it. This makes me believe this may be a regression, rather than an intentional design decision.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 11.04
Package: unity 3.8.2-0ubuntu1
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
Uname: Linux 2.6.38-7-generic x86_64
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia wl
Architecture: amd64
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,vpswitch,compiztoolbox,regex,snap,imgpng,unitymtgrabhandles,resize,gnomecompat,animation,grid,place,mousepoll,move,expo,wall,workarounds,session,ezoom,staticswitcher,fade,scale,unityshell]
Date: Sat Apr 2 18:21:43 2011
DistroCodename: natty
DistroVariant: ubuntu
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64+mac (20110329.1)
InstallationMedia_: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64+mac (20110329.1)
InstallationMedia__: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64+mac (20110329.1)
InstallationMedia___: Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" - Alpha amd64+mac (20110329.1)
 PATH=(custom, user)
ProcVersionSignature_: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
ProcVersionSignature__: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
ProcVersionSignature___: Ubuntu 2.6.38-7.39-generic 2.6.38
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 7.10.1-0ubuntu3
version.xserver-xorg: xserver-xorg 1:7.6+4ubuntu1

Chad A. Davis (chadadavis) wrote :
Robert Roth (evfool) on 2011-04-02
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
tags: added: regression-update
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

iirc this feature was removed on purpose as a single instance of an app in expose have no apparent usefulness.

tags: removed: regression-update

Well, the most obvious solution is when the situation is as described on above, clicking on the icon in the launcher should minimise the app. Otherwise it is UX regression, which is not cool :D

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

now in 12.04 the launcher does indicate if multiple windows are associated with a launcher. So the second case which sounded reasonable is not an issue anymore.

Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Invalid
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
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