update-manager options no longer match functionality

Bug #351484 reported by Jane Silber on 2009-03-30
This bug affects 3 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Given the new behavior described in bug #332945 , it seems to me that the options in update-manager are misleading. For example,

- I have update-manager configured to check for updates daily. Why give me this option when you have disabled the notification associated with it?

- I have update-manager configured to "notify about available updates". Again, misleading to give me the option when the corresponding functionality isn't there.

To fix this, the setting presentation should be altered to distinguish between checking for updates, handling security updates, and handling other updates. <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareUpdates#settings>

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Jane Silber (silbs) wrote :

Screenshot of System->Admin->Update manager->Settings attached.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for your bugreport.

The functionality is still there, but I agree that the wording is misleading now. The check for updates will still be performed daily and the user is still notified for security updates when they will become available. But normal updates will only be displayed once a week. I will subscribe the design team and ask how this can be improved.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

I'm sorry I didn't realize before that the settings didn't make as much sense with the auto-opening behavior. I've updated the spec with a mockup of how they can be changed to convey the distinction between checking for updates, handling security updates, and handling other updates. <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NotifyOSD?action=diff&rev2=126&rev1=125>

description: updated
Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

Thanks for this update mpt

I'm afraid this will not make it for jaunty because this requires to change software-properties to run
as user (it currently runs as root) and to modify user settings. It will need a dbus/policykit based backend
so that it can change system and user settings from the same UI.

A good thing to do anyway, but something that is not feasible anymore for 9.04.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
milestone: none → later
Jane Silber (silbs) wrote :

This issue still exists in Karmic.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
assignee: nobody → Mohamed Amine IL Idrissi (ilidrissi.amine)
status: Triaged → In Progress
description: updated
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

This was fixed in Ubuntu 11.10.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
assignee: Mohamed Amine Ilidrissi (ilidrissi.amine) → nobody
status: In Progress → Fix Released
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