Update Manager stays open when it doesn't need to do so

Bug #665191 reported by Emmet Hikory on 2010-10-22
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Update Manager opened in a minimised state. I noticed it was open, and it reported there were 31 updates available. I figured it had probably been a while since it opened, so clicked "Check" to get it more up-to-date. It then reported there were zero updates available. I closed it. This wasn't a very useful experience.

So, let's look at why this happened: I don't tend to use update-manager to manage my packages. It had probably been open for a couple days (I don't tend to reboot or shut down), and I would have noticed the available updates in byobu, and installed them without having ever noticed update-manager having been launched. (when I notice it launched, I tend to press "Check" to get updates faster than the regular however many days). This is entirely expected behaviour.

What I think *should* happen is that if update-manager is running, and the user has not interacted with it in some time (maybe a couple hours), it ought see if the apt cache has been updated since it last checked, and if so, check again to make sure there are still updates, and if there are none, close itself silently.

ProblemType: Bug
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.10
Package: update-manager 1:0.142.20
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.35-22.33-generic
Uname: Linux 2.6.35-22-generic x86_64
Architecture: amd64
Date: Sat Oct 23 01:11:21 2010
InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat" - Alpha amd64 (20100803.1)
PackageArchitecture: all
SourcePackage: update-manager

Emmet Hikory (persia) wrote :
Charlie Kravetz (charlie-tca) wrote :

Thanks for reporting this bug and any supporting documentation. Since this bug has enough information provided for a developer to begin work, I'm going to mark it as confirmed and let them handle it from here.

I also have a tendency towards updating using terminal. When I am running updates and the update-manager opens and minimizes, it is quite an un-natural and unintended experience. To further add to the experience, I must then close update-manager after making it appear on my desktop.

 Thanks for taking the time to make Ubuntu better!

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Triaged
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Software Updater no longer has a "Check" button, but this bug is still valid.

Setting back to Confirmed because the desired behavior is not yet defined. The spec currently assumes that all automatic checks will be done while Software Updater isn't open. <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SoftwareUpdates#check-automatic> We need to work out what should happen when an automatic check triggers while it's open. It could just revert back to showing the progress window, but that would discard any selections you'd made for updating some things but not others.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Confirmed
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