USC and Update Manager appear in "Themes & Tweaks" category

Bug #673226 reported by Greg A on 2010-11-09
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
software-center (Ubuntu)
update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

There's several things in Themes & Tweaks that I wouldn't describe as either, but in particular Software Centre and Update Manager stick out as being neither of these.

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Greg A (etulfetulf) on 2010-11-09
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Kiwinote (kiwinote) wrote :

Hi Greg!

Thanks a lot for your bug report. I can confirm that the 'themes and tweaks' category in s-c contains several (or rather: many) apps that I would not expect to find there. Currently we display apps which have the category 'settings' (ie these are different than the s-c categories) in their desktop file in the 'themes and tweaks' section. According to the spec for these desktop files [0], package managers like s-c and update-manager are recommended to have the 'settings' category in their desktop file. This means that this is not something we can or should expect individual packages to fix themselves as a metadata issue. Rather it means that s-c needs to do something more cunning to only display a subset of the apps containing the 'settings' category in their desktop file. The most obvious step for us to do would be to display all apps containing the 'settings', but not the 'system' category in their desktop file.

I have made a list of the apps we would display in these cases:
current version - ie all apps with 'settings' in their desktop file (110 items total):
proposed version - ie all apps with 'settings', but without 'system' in their desktop file (58 items total):
the diff between the two (-52 items):

It is worth noting that although I consider this to be a good improvement, there are a few quirks in the data I linked. I'll leave it to mpt to decide whether he thinks that we should actually implement this change, or whether there is a alternative solution.

On a side note: I've noticed that you've filed a few bugs over the past few days - thanks a lot for this! It helps us greatly, so please continue to report any bugs you may find in software-center.


Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Invalid
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Incomplete
tags: removed: metadata
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → New
summary: - Appears in Software Centre under "Themes & Tweaks"
+ USC and Update Manager appear in "Themes & Tweaks" category
Hernando Torque (htorque) wrote :

Kiwinote, those lists contain only applications installed by default, right? Because I cannot find gparted in there, which also shows up under "Themes & Tweaks" (and on

Kiwinote (kiwinote) wrote :

htorque, the lists contain all the pkgs in that section (ie not only the default installed ones)- but I generated them nearly a year ago, so gparted is probably one of the apps which has changed. If there's anything particular you would want to do with updated lists, let me know - otherwise categorisation is on the list of things I want to rework next cycle.

Kiwinote (kiwinote) on 2011-09-27
tags: added: db
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
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