Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 134413
Recent Documents folder does not refresh
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:50 EST
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Description of problem:
The Recent Documents folder under the gnome main menu is static no
matter how many file are opened/closed. Its own Clear Recent Documents
option does not result in a change. However, it does work if
nautilus/'File Browser' is open.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Open a file using a gnome app
2.Look for this file in Recent Documents menu
Expected Results: All files opened/saved from any gnome-aware apps
should appear in Recent Documents menu.
I) Baseline situation.
$ rpm -q gamin
$ ps ux | grep [g]am_server
john 9848 0.0 0.1 2856 1440 ? S 22:05 0:00
$ ls -l ~/.recently-used
-rw------- 1 john john 0 Oct 1 22:25 .recently-used
"Recent Documents" under the gnome main menu is grayed out and cannot
All is ok at this point.
II) Open a file using gedit (or OpenOffice.org or just about any Gnome
$ ls -l ~/.recently-used
-rw------- 1 john john 472 Oct 1 22:34 .recently-used
$ cat ~/.recently-used
~/.recently-used is updated. However, "Recent Documents" is still
III) If I log out and back in, then Recent Documents displays the file
previously opened. Selecting "Clear Recent Documents" from the bottom
of list does result in the ~/.recently-used being truncated to 0 bytes
but the previously opened file is still listed in the Recent Documents
menu (and the file links still work).
IV) Starting the File Browser/nautilus app 'fixes' the behaviour. The
Recent Documents menu is immediately updated to reflect the files
listed in ~/.recently-used. Any files opened or created by any other
app appear in the Recent Documents immediately. Clearing the list
takes effect immediately.
V) After closing File Browser, behaviour is inconsistent. Some new
files get listed, some don't. Clearing sometimes does and does not work.
I think I have found the source of the problem and fixed it in
gamin-0.0.14 available at:
and which should show up soon on rawhide.
It isn't quite fixed yet. Updated to gamin-0.0.14-1, logged out, made
sure no gam_server process running and logged back into gnome.
From gedit, using file open dialog box:
First file accessed, no change to Recent Documents.
Second file accessed, first file appears in Recent Documents.
Third file accessed, second file appears.
Select Clear All Documents and no change. Selecting 'Clear All
Documents' repeatedly and still no change.
Access another file, then Recent Documents are cleared.
Looks like all events are being queued, but almost as if the 'signal'
is being ignored and the second signal process the first event.
With nautilus running (but not being used), the behaviour same as
above and therefore worse than gamin-0.0.12-1.
If the files are being opened from within nautilus (i.e.
double-clicking from the folder window) then the Recent Documents
folder is updated correctly.