The top panel of Unity can become too small, so that the handling is unpredictable (like on netbooks)

Bug #944991 reported by Sascha
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Ayatana Design
unity (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

1) Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04 LTS Beta 1 - actual

2) unity: Installiert: 5.4.0-0ubuntu2

3) I want to open "Extras" and "Add-ons" via the mouse / touchpad.

4) When I open Thunderbird (German edition) with Enigmail, new new Conversation Plugin and Lightning, the top panel becomes unpredictable to handle. Let's say, I want to open "Extras" and then "Add-ons" - that can't be reached via mouse/touchpad, because there is the message-menu. Or the bluetooth menu.
There are to many menus, that not all can be shown - and only via tricks you can reach them.

Work arounds
Pressing F10 - and moving around with the left right arrow key - and later the up / down arrow key - let's you navigate. The HUD menu doesn't work. It doesn't find Extras or Add-ons, I already tested that.

You can instead click on another menu - and then again navigate around via the keys.

How to fix this
The solution is easy: When the panel menu is to wide to be displayed completely (and so useable), the menu should behave different - the topics should look then like this:
and the other menus should slide to the side, instead of


For Oneiric Ocelot, there existed a menu-indicator who did this, but anytime, not on specifig cases, if I remember correct.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 12.04
Package: unity 5.4.0-0ubuntu2
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 3.2.0-17.27-generic 3.2.6
Uname: Linux 3.2.0-17-generic i686

ApportVersion: 1.93-0ubuntu2
Architecture: i386
CompizPlugins: [core,bailer,detection,composite,opengl,decor,imgpng,compiztoolbox,snap,gnomecompat,mousepoll,move,unitymtgrabhandles,resize,grid,vpswitch,regex,place,wall,session,animation,fade,workarounds,expo,scale,ezoom,unityshell]
CompositorRunning: compiz
Date: Fri Mar 2 18:27:48 2012
DistUpgraded: Log time: 2012-02-28 20:33:12.382520
DistroCodename: precise
DistroVariant: ubuntu
EcryptfsInUse: Yes
 Intel Corporation Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:27ae] (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
   Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:8340]
   Subsystem: ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Device [1043:8340]
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" - Release i386 (20111012)
MachineType: ASUSTeK Computer INC. 1000H
ProcKernelCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.2.0-17-generic root=UUID=61a2a312-f114-4b9a-98e1-2ec68b0d3a33 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
SourcePackage: unity
UpgradeStatus: Upgraded to precise on 2012-02-28 (2 days ago) 10/17/2008
dmi.bios.vendor: American Megatrends Inc.
dmi.bios.version: 1206
dmi.board.asset.tag: To Be Filled By O.E.M. 1000H
dmi.board.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
dmi.board.version: x.xx
dmi.chassis.asset.tag: 0x00000000
dmi.chassis.type: 10
dmi.chassis.vendor: ASUSTek Computer INC.
dmi.chassis.version: x.x
dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnAmericanMegatrendsInc.:bvr1206:bd10/17/2008:svnASUSTeKComputerINC.:pn1000H:pvrx.x:rvnASUSTeKComputerINC.:rn1000H:rvrx.xx:cvnASUSTekComputerINC.:ct10:cvrx.x: 1000H
dmi.product.version: x.x
dmi.sys.vendor: ASUSTeK Computer INC.
version.compiz: compiz 1:
version.libdrm2: libdrm2 2.4.30-1ubuntu1
version.libgl1-mesa-dri: libgl1-mesa-dri 8.0.1-0ubuntu2
version.libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental: libgl1-mesa-dri-experimental N/A
version.libgl1-mesa-glx: libgl1-mesa-glx 8.0.1-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-core: xserver-xorg-core 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-input-evdev: xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:
version.xserver-xorg-video-ati: xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.99~git20111219.aacbd629-0ubuntu2
version.xserver-xorg-video-intel: xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.17.0-1ubuntu4
version.xserver-xorg-video-nouveau: xserver-xorg-video-nouveau 1:0.0.16+git20111201+b5534a1-1build2

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Sascha (skbierm-deactivatedaccount) wrote :
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Sascha (skbierm-deactivatedaccount) wrote :

This bug is not a Thunderbird bug, the problem occurs on any program with lots of panel menus.

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Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

We need design discussion on what should happen if there are far too many menus on the panel.

Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
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Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

duplicate bug 655184

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