FFe: Support Application Indicators

Bug #525462 reported by Sense Egbert Hofstede on 2010-02-21
This bug affects 1 person
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Won't Fix
virt-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: virt-manager

This application should be investigated to be ported to use Application
Indicators for Lucid - https://launchpad.net/indicator-application

Example code and the rationale behind Application Indicators can be found at <https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopExperienceTeam/ApplicationIndicators>.

tags: added: indicator-application
Changed in virt-manager (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
status: New → Triaged
Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

Here is a first stab at application indicator support for virt-manager.


- Revert to previous behaviour gracefully
- Find a way to load an icon from a path (may not be possible in python bindings)
- Figure out how to get menu to refresh without adding self.systray_icon.set_menu everywhere

Sense Egbert Hofstede (sense) wrote :

If I'm correct there is an appindicator.icon_path property, but that's the only place I could find anything related to icon paths.

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

Here is an updated patch.

- Figure out how to get menu to refresh without adding self.systray_icon.set_menu everywhere

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

virt-manager package available for testing in my PPA:


Created attachment 395534
Initial version of application indicator support

Description of problem:

We would like to support application-indicators for virt-manager as
proposed at this page:


Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

FFe Request:

Description of proposed changes:
- This debdiff adds Application Indicator support to virt-manager

- See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopExperienceTeam/ApplicationIndicators

Risks of regressions:
- Try icon is not enabled in default installation, it is a user preference.
- Code changes are minimal and can be easily fixed/reverted in case of regression.

summary: - Support Application Indicators
+ FFe: Support Application Indicators
Steve Langasek (vorlon) wrote :

FFe granted.

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package virt-manager - 0.8.2-2ubuntu3

virt-manager (0.8.2-2ubuntu3) lucid; urgency=low

  * debian/patches/app_indicator_support.patch: Add Application Indicator
    support. (LP: #525462)
  * debian/virt-manager.links: link icon to where the Application Indicator
    can find it.
  * debian/control: add python-appindicator dependency
 -- Marc Deslauriers <email address hidden> Wed, 24 Feb 2010 17:33:10 -0500

Changed in virt-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released

Thanks for the patch, I've applied it upstream with one important change: lack
of the 'appindicator' module caused the app to fail to start. I would HIGHLY
recommend making use of the patch I applied upstream:


Thanks for the contribution!

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

I need to revert this patch for now until bug #530138 is resolved as the workaround in the patch is causing massive amounts of ram to be used.

Changed in virt-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Fix Released → Confirmed
Changed in virt-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Confirmed → Triaged
Loïc Minier (lool) wrote :

I don't think this patch was actually reverted, can we close this bug?

Marc Deslauriers (mdeslaur) wrote :

Yes, the patch wasn't applied in the final version that shipped in Lucid.

Unfortunately, the patch made it upstream, so it will need to be disabled in the newer virt-manager that is now in maverick.

Sense Egbert Hofstede (sense) wrote :

Can't we just raise the priority of bug #530138 and make sure it is fixed in time for Maverick Alpha 2?

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

This bug was fixed in the package virt-manager - 0.8.4-3ubuntu4

virt-manager (0.8.4-3ubuntu4) maverick; urgency=low

  * Re-enable appindicator support. (LP: #525462)
    - debian/patches/disable-appindicator.patch: removed now that
      LP: #530138 has been resolved.
    - debian/patches/remove-appindicator-workarounds.patch: remove
      workarounds that impact performance as they are unnecessary now
      that LP: #530138 has been resolved.
 -- Marc Deslauriers <email address hidden> Fri, 09 Jul 2010 12:24:17 -0400

Changed in virt-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Triaged → Fix Released
Changed in virt-manager:
importance: Unknown → Medium
status: Unknown → Won't Fix
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