Ubuntu Software Center Unity launcher integration is not working

Bug #932280 reported by Gary Lasker on 2012-02-14
This bug affects 7 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Fix Released
Bilal Akhtar
Unity Distro Priority
software-center (Ubuntu)
unity (Ubuntu)
Bilal Akhtar
Bilal Akhtar

Bug Description

software-center version 5.1.8
unity version 5.2.0-0ubuntu2
The Precise Pangolin

Please refer to bug 761851 for details on this feature and its development. With the rollout of unity 5.2 and software-center 5.1.8 just after alpha 2, this feature should, in theory, be landed. However, I am not seeing any application icon appearing at all in the Launcher when doing an installation (note that this feature applies only to launchable applications with desktop files).

To reproduce:
1. Launch the Ubuntu Software Center.
2. Make sure that the Software Center's "View"->"New Applications in Launcher" checkbox menu item is checked.
3. Navigate to the Games section. Choose any fun-looking game and install it.

What should happen:
4. The icon for the game should appear in the Unity launcher immediately at the start of the install, and it should begin to fill its progress bar as the installation proceeds. At the end of this process, the launcher icon should be fully functional.

What does happen:
4. No icon appears in the Unity launcher at all.

Note that I have verified that I am sending the dbus signal from USC at the start of the install.


Related branches

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → High
assignee: nobody → Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar)
Gary Lasker (gary-lasker) wrote :

Bilal, I assigned this to you initially, but feel free to reassign as needed. And thanks!!

description: updated
Michael Vogt (mvo) on 2012-02-15
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Precise):
milestone: none → ubuntu-12.04-beta-1
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

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

Changed in software-center (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-02-20
Changed in unity-distro-priority:
status: New → Fix Committed
importance: Undecided → High
Changed in unity:
status: New → Confirmed
importance: Undecided → High
Omer Akram (om26er) on 2012-02-22
Changed in unity (Ubuntu Precise):
status: New → Confirmed
no longer affects: software-center (Ubuntu)
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Confirmed → Invalid
assignee: Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) → nobody
Changed in unity:
assignee: nobody → Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar)
milestone: none → 5.6.0
Changed in software-center (Ubuntu Precise):
milestone: ubuntu-12.04-beta-1 → none
Changed in unity (Ubuntu Precise):
assignee: nobody → Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar)
milestone: none → ubuntu-12.04-beta-1
Martin Pitt (pitti) on 2012-03-02
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
milestone: ubuntu-12.04-beta-1 → ubuntu-12.04-beta-2
Bilal Akhtar (bilalakhtar) wrote :

The branch has been lying around for quite a while, any Unity dev around to merge it? It's just a one-line change :)

Also, for the remaining part of the SC integration, I've completed it, just ironing out some kinks and by tomorrow I'll propose it for merge too :)

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-03-12
Changed in unity:
milestone: 5.6.0 → 5.8.0
Changed in unity:
status: Confirmed → Fix Committed
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-03-23
Changed in unity:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :
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This bug was fixed in the package unity - 5.8.0-0ubuntu1

unity (5.8.0-0ubuntu1) precise-proposed; urgency=low

  * New upstream release.
    - New "push mouse offscreen" feature really difficult to get (LP: #923749)
    - unity-2d-panel crashed with SIGSEGV in
      unity::indicator::DBusIndicators::Impl::RequestSyncAll() (LP: #864737)
    - Pressing "Alt+Enter" causes compiz to crash in CompOption::value() from
      unity::UnityScreen::showLauncherKeyTerminate (LP: #960957)
    - SEGSIGV after unplugging external monitor (LP: #962693)
    - Background colorization should use a different heuristic (LP: #865239)
    - compiz+unity3d generates > 50 wakeups a second on idle system
      (LP: #917210)
    - [FFe, UIFe] HUD - The HUD does not respect launcher autohide or icon
      size settings (LP: #921506)
    - clicking on folders in the file lens does not open nautilus
      (LP: #921665)
    - No text inside multirange filters (LP: #927710)
    - can't alt-tab restore minimized uis which have an instance on another
      workspace (LP: #933397)
    - Ubuntu Software Center Unity launcher integration is not working
      (LP: #932280)
    - The line separator between the launcher and the dash is cleared when
      selecting a category (LP: #941082)
    - unity-panel-service crashed with SIGSEGV in g_hash_table_foreach()
      (LP: #937119)
    - Alt-F10 locks up Unity (LP: #948522)
    - multimonitor, launcher: Provide an option to display either a single
      launcher or a launcher on each display in a multi-monitor environment
      (LP: #950136)
    - multimonitor: Please give me a way to turn off sticky monitor edges
      (LP: #946104)
    - Unity 5.6: key bindings (such as Super) don't work on empty workspace or
      on slow/loaded systems (LP: #953089)
    - Alt+arrows keyboard shortcuts don't invoke Back and Forward navigation
      (LP: #953783)
    - HUD is sending 2 menu signals instead of 1 (LP: #956878)
    - 6th item of HUD not fully visible (LP: #957229)
    - HUD: seems to trigger operations more than once (LP: #960503)
    - Launcher gets always desaturated when using HUD on secondary monitor
      (LP: #961169)
    - [5.8 pre staging] launcher is displayed on the left screen, not the
      primary one (LP: #961281)
    - launcher icons do not re-saturate after dash is closed (LP: #961844)
    - Launcher shows arrows for applications on all workspaces (LP: #961977)
    - Dash - Implement overlay scrollbars in Dash (LP: #608124)
    - [UIFe] Dash - No message displayed when no results are returned in the
      Dash (LP: #711199)
    - Dash - "See more..." line should be base-aligned with section header
      (LP: #748101)
    - Dash - Missing category separator line in dash (LP: #850984)
    - Dash and Launcher - As soon as a user starts dragging a file from the
      Dash, there is a 'flicker' before the Launcher icons that are valid drop
      receptacles re-saturate (LP: #863230)
    - Dash - When multiple results have equal string match relevancy ranking,
      those with equal ranking should be then sorted by frequency of use.
      (LP: #871900)
    - Keyboard shortcut - F10 shortcut is used to show m...


Changed in unity (Ubuntu Precise):
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
eden6000 (eden6000) wrote :

What if you try to install a program, and don't give the password, thus stopping the installation? Result, icon remains on launcher, but program is not installed...this is bad, the icon should disappear.

eden6000 (eden6000) wrote :

Also, it seems that if you install a program, then remove it, its icon still remains in the laucher.

Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2012-04-24
Changed in unity-distro-priority:
status: Fix Committed → Fix Released
eden6000 (eden6000) wrote :

I don't agree with this change of status, the two issues on comment #5 and #6 are still present on my machine...do I have to file a new bug for them?

Didier Roche (didrocks) wrote :

eden6000: those are already in 2 other bug reports that are filed against unity.

eden6000 (eden6000) wrote :

thanks Didier, I didn't see them...

Amir Eldor (amireldor) wrote :

I'm experiencing something a bit weird. As soon as I start installing something from the software center, a '?' icon appears on the launcher - but there's no progress bar on it. Also, it won't go away when cancelling the download/install or removing the application. In addition, after the application installs the icon stays as a '?'

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