Update Manager (Software Updater) pops to front interrupting focus

Bug #374696 reported by Jamin W. Collins on 2009-05-11
This bug affects 5 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Freshly installed Jaunty 9.04.
Waited for Update Manager to auto open in background.
Opened terminal.
Ran "sudo apt-get update".
Update Manager jumped to foreground stealing focus.

This is 100% reproducible.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.04
Package: update-manager 1:0.111.7
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: update-manager
Uname: Linux 2.6.28-11-generic i686

Jamin W. Collins (jcollins) wrote :
Weeble (clockworksaint) wrote :

Is this a deliberate change? I recently installed Karmic, previously having had Intrepid installed. In Intrepid, when updates became available an icon appeared in the notification area next to the network and sound icons. I could click on it and install the updates when I wanted to. Now I see the behaviour described in this bug - as soon as my system detects updates (it's set to check every day) it pops up a window and steals focus from whatever I'm doing. I don't mind if it pops up a window, but I do not think it should steal focus in doing so.

Jamin W. Collins (jcollins) wrote :

This bug is not a duplicate of 391479. That is talking about windows "during" an update. This is about the initial update notice, which is supposed to appear minimized not appearing minimized, but rather "front and center".

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Andrew (andrewkvalheim) wrote :

This problem still occurs in 11.10.

This problem still exists in 12.04.

When the extra dialogue appears after starting installing the updates, software updater goes to front but doesn't take focus. To go back to their work (say, on Firefox), the user has to (1) click on the software updater window to make it take the focus, and then (2) click on the Firefox window to bring it back in front, which is unintuitive and time consuming.

This bug should at least be classified as "Medium".

summary: - Update Manager pops to front interrupting focus
+ Update Manager (Software Updater) pops to front interrupting focus
NoOp (glgxg) wrote :

Problem (per the original symptoms reported - not Comment #6) just started occuring on Ubunt 14.04:

$ apt-cache policy update-manager
  Installed: 1:0.196.12
  Candidate: 1:0.196.12
  Version table:
 *** 1:0.196.12 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty-updates/main amd64 Packages
        100 /var/lib/dpkg/status
     1:0.196.11 0
        500 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ trusty/main amd64 Packages

Update-manager popped up maximized stealing focus of the entire desktop (minus panels).

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