Bug 503200 - [enh] connection editor windows should be shorter
[enh] connection editor windows should be shorter
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: NetworkManager (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Dan Williams
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-05-29 11:19 EDT by Wolfgang Rupprecht
Modified: 2010-12-05 01:53 EST (History)
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screenshot of NetworkManager edit applet showing how the bottom is cut off (210.44 KB, image/png)
2009-05-29 11:27 EDT, Wolfgang Rupprecht
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Acer Aspire One Xorg.0.log file (24.60 KB, text/plain)
2009-05-29 15:02 EDT, Wolfgang Rupprecht
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Description Wolfgang Rupprecht 2009-05-29 11:19:01 EDT
Description of problem:

The NetworkManager edit applet window is too large for netbook computers.  Netbook computers tend to only have vga-sized screen heights even if they are a touch wider.  The NetworkManager network editing applet is a bit too tall to fit on the screen and expose the bottom-most section which includes the "apply" button and also has the "make this network pubic" choice.  In most window managers this wouldn't be a problem since one could just move the window up, off the top of the screen a bit, but gnome's window manager in Fedora refuses to let one do that.  To compound problems the applet window itself refuses to resize, so one can't even make it smaller so that it fits onto the screen.  It is not clear why the window would refuse the resize request.  This seems like a bug.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:


Steps to Reproduce:
1. Log in on an Acer Aspire One (or other netbook) running fedora-11
2. click on the nm applet on the top-pannel
3. chose to edit a network
4. observer that the bottom of the applet is cut off.
Actual results:

The bottom of the applet is cut off.

Expected results:

I expect to see the whole applet or at least be allowed to resize or reposition it so that the bottom is exposed.  As far as I can tell, there is no way to click on or read the choices on the bottom line.

Additional info:

Work-around:  plug a larger external display in.  This currently works, but doesn't always since Xorg has mood swings as to whether two displays should be forced to use the greatest common size of the external and internal displays or if the desktop should be sized for the larger of the two.  Currently they chose the latter, so plugging in a 1200x1600 external display solves the problem.
Comment 1 Wolfgang Rupprecht 2009-05-29 11:27:50 EDT
Created attachment 345919 [details]
screenshot of NetworkManager edit applet showing how the bottom is cut off

right click on the nm signal-bar icon
click on "edit connections"
click on "wireless"
Comment 2 Dan Williams 2009-05-29 14:54:28 EDT
Part of the problem is the large font size, the desktop doesn't do a great job of getting a reasonable font size for these panels.  What's the actual resolution of the panel?  1024x600?
Comment 3 Wolfgang Rupprecht 2009-05-29 15:02:55 EDT
Created attachment 345945 [details]
Acer Aspire One Xorg.0.log file

Yes, the display is 1024 horz and 600 vert. and it claims to be 96 dpi in both directions.

I'll attach the Xorg.0.log file.
Comment 4 Niels Haase 2009-06-02 16:45:11 EDT

the font size in your screen shot locks more like 96 dpi for me (what is strange, because your Xorg.log show 96 dpi). Anyway, you can try to reduce the dpi to 75. You can change it over System -> Preferences -> Appearance -> "Fonts" tab -> "Details" button -> Resolution: XX dots per inch. But as Dan wrote, this is not a real NetworkManager problem.

Fedora Bugzappers volunteer triage team
Comment 5 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 12:48:03 EDT
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 11 development cycle.
Changing version to '11'.

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Comment 6 Matthieu Araman 2009-06-17 17:09:08 EDT
Got the same problem.(acer aspire one, 1024*600)
As a workaround, I chose autohide for bottom and top gnome panels but it was not enough.
Reducing font works as a workaround but I think the network applet should be able to work by default on a netbook without to have to tweak settings.
Configuring the netbook's network is one of the first thing a user will try after installing and it's very frustating to be limited by the size of a dialog !
Of course, Fedora 11/gnome is also missing some way to overcome the screen size limitation (like allowing the user to define a virtual screen without having to edit manually xorg.conf....)
Comment 7 Wolfgang Rupprecht 2009-06-18 14:08:57 EDT
comment 4: the dpi is indeed being worked out incorrectly.  The Xorg files shows an EDID of 20cm x 11cm corresponding to the 1024 and 600 pixels respectively.  That comes out to 130 DPI.  Did Xorg really get that simple calculation wrong or did I???

(/ 1024.0 (/ 20.0 2.54)) 130.048 ; DPI
Comment 8 Bill McGonigle 2009-06-25 03:22:14 EDT
My ASUS eeePC 1000HE seems to get the DPI right:

screen #0:
  dimensions:    1024x600 pixels (220x129 millimeters)
  resolution:    118x118 dots per inch

(via xdpyinfo) but the fonts are still unnecessarily large, at least for the distance my eyes are from this screen.

There's also no keyboard accelerator on 'Apply' which is my usual workaround for netbook res. problems.

Do we still support normal desktops running at 800x600?
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Comment 10 Bill McGonigle 2010-11-05 21:07:48 EDT
WFM on Fedora 13.
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