update-manager layout does not leave adequate room for package short descriptions

Bug #267733 reported by Matt Behrens on 2008-09-08
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)
Michael Vogt

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

See attached screenshot. The problem seems to be that not enough vertical space is given for each update, so the short description gets cut off.

I think this started with the 1:0.93.7 update, but I can't say for sure. I have fonts rendering at 72 dpi (set in Appearance -> Fonts -> Details) because I have a lowly 1024x768 screen, this might impact this.

When I first updated, the layout looked similar to what you see no matter what I did. To troubleshoot, I set my dpi back to 96, which expanded the window and corrected the problem. Switching back to 72 dpi seemed to correct the layout problem.

Now, when I first fire up Update Manager, the layout is correct. However, after I ran "Check" today, the layout switched to what you see in the attached screenshot.

Matt Behrens (zigg) wrote :
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for your bugreport.

This seems to work for me, what theme, xorg driver are you using? I have seen issues like this with xorg drivers.

Changed in update-manager:
assignee: nobody → mvo
status: New → Incomplete
Matt Behrens (zigg) wrote :

Hi Michael,

I'm using ClearlooksClassic controls and window borders. xorg is running on nv. Can post xorg.conf if you'd like.

I don't think I've seen it since I filed the bug report, though... just before I filed it, I'd seen it three or four times, of course; both with the single update in my attached screenshot as well as with large sets of a hundred or so updates.

I'm at a loss as to what it takes to reproduce. After today's "Check" it still looks OK.

Matt Behrens (zigg) wrote :

Happened again today.

- Opened update-manager, one update was available (splix). Vertical spacing was OK.
- Ran 'Check' to see if there was anything else. 8 more packages showed, all linux 2.6.27-5 stuff, but they were compressed vertically in the list.
  - When they were compressed, all nine could fit without scrolling.
  - One of the descriptions overran the right side of the update box.
- Closed and reopened update-manager. The update list once again had correct vertical spacing.

Don't know if the screenshot is useful or not, but here it is anyway.

thebigbluecan (thebigbluecan) wrote :

Same here..... was going to report but found it first. I'm using Ubuntu 8.10 RC. I don't think it happened when I first got updates when I installed Ubuntu 8.10 RC.

thebigbluecan (thebigbluecan) wrote :

Sorry about the File in my previous comment.

thebigbluecan (thebigbluecan) wrote :

Just had more updates...... It acted normal again. I haven't changed any settings. I did do a restart. Weird.

Hope that helps.

Eric O'Callaghan (eric1207) wrote :

This is also affecting me, sometimes it shows short descriptions, sometimes not.
It usually cuts off the short description after hitting Check though.

I'm using Compiz+GNOME if that matters.

Artur Rona (ari-tczew) wrote :

Confirmed by me...

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