[Sugar-devel] [Bugs] #1447 NORM: Display a message when an activity fails to start

Gary C Martin gary at garycmartin.com
Wed Nov 4 11:06:24 EST 2009

Hi Wade,

Just wanted to ping on this; have been running with your 0001-Notify- 
shell-when-activity-process-terminates.patch and 0001-Added-Close- 
button-to-activity-launcher-rewrote-lay.patch applied to sugar-jhbuild  
for the last ~4 days, and it has been working very well. Some of quick  

- On just one occasion (have not been able to reproducible) I saw the  
'Stop' button briefly display before the activity successfully launched.

- I'm trying to find a different error message '<activity> failed to  
start.' now that 'Stop' is the button text. My mind keeps grating  
against the dilemma of stopping something that never actually  
started :-)

- The pulse pause feels a little long, perhaps 1 or 1.5 sec would be  
long enough. I really need to try and get this patch on XO-1 HW and  
see what the launch time savings are like (I'm sure even a 1:1 ratio  
of animation to pause should save us a couple of 2 seconds in many  

- What ever the final pulse animation timing/pause ends up at  
(assuming we see some XO-1 load improvement) it should also be used  
for the other pulsing animations as well (activity tray activity icons  
when launching, corner notification effects).

Again, fab work! It really makes activity developing test cycle much  
more friendly :-)


On 31 Oct 2009, at 02:06, Sugar Labs Bugs wrote:

> #1447: Display a message when an activity fails to start
> ---------------------------- 
> +-----------------------------------------------
>    Reporter:  wadeb        |          Owner:  wadeb
>        Type:  enhancement  |         Status:  accepted
>    Priority:  Normal       |      Milestone:  0.88
>   Component:  sugar        |        Version:  Git as of bugdate
>    Severity:  Unspecified  |       Keywords:
> Distribution:  Unspecified  |   Status_field:  Unconfirmed
> ---------------------------- 
> +-----------------------------------------------
> Comment(by wadeb):
> I posted a brand new patch for Sugar.
>  * Improves the layout so the icon doesn't move when the error appears
>  * Uses Stop as suggested by Gary
>  * Delays for a few seconds between pulses to give the user  
> something to
> count and potentially improve performance.
> -- 
> Ticket URL: <http://bugs.sugarlabs.org/ticket/1447#comment:10>
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