update-manager captures focus too often - interferes with other applications

Bug #306672 reported by gpk on 2008-12-09
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Update manager grabs focus many times, and some are unnecessary. This drives me bananas, because I start the system updating, then go off and do some useful work. Invariably, just when I'm typing or clicking, update-manger grabs the focus to tell me it's done. Or something. Personally, I'd have been happier if my typing or clicking had gone to the right window.

The real issue is that some of the things that update manager wants to tell me are not high priority. If something does not *really* require my action, I'd prefer that it did not grab focus. I'll get to it eventually.

The worst offense is when it (a) tells me it is done, and then (b) grabs the focus again to check (again) for updates, and then (almost invariably) tells me that there are no updates. This is particularly troublesome because it happens after a minute or two of silence. By that point, I'm deeply involved in something else.

$ lsb_release -rd
Description: Ubuntu 8.10
Release: 8.10
~$ apt-cache policy update-manager
  Installed: 1:0.93.35
  Candidate: 1:0.93.35
  Version table:
 *** 1:0.93.35 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-proposed/main Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:0.93.34 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid-updates/main Packages
     1:0.93.32 0
        500 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com intrepid/main Packages

Jean-Baptiste Lallement (jibel) wrote :

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This particular bug has already been reported and is a duplicate of bug 35876, so it is being marked as such. Please look at the other bug report to see if there is any missing information that you can provide, or to see if there is a workaround for the bug. Additionally, any further discussion regarding the bug should occur in the other report. Feel free to continue to report any other bugs you may find.

Changed in update-manager:
status: New → Confirmed
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