Bug 617599 - 'other ports' selection of firewall config is not user-friendly
Summary: 'other ports' selection of firewall config is not user-friendly
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: system-config-firewall
Version: 14
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Thomas Woerner
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-07-23 14:11 UTC by Eric Blake
Modified: 2012-08-16 21:16 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Last Closed: 2012-08-16 21:15:59 UTC

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Description Eric Blake 2010-07-23 14:11:01 UTC
Description of problem:
I wanted to add a new firewall exception for synergy.  However, there are so many known services listed in the 'Port and Protocol' popup box, that the scroll bar is difficult to control via mouse without skipping over entries.  It would be nice if there was a search box to filter the list down to just ports corresponding to services with a particular substring in their name.

Additionally, when adding an entry, it is annoying that I have to add two separate entries for tcp and udp via two 'Add' sequences.  For manual entries, you could change the Protocol drop-down box to list 'tcp', 'udp', and 'tcp/udp' (the latter adding two iptables entries at the same time).  And for automatic entries, it would be nice if you could 'ctrl-click' multiple entries in the port listing, before hitting 'OK', to have all of those entries added at once.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start system-config-firewall
2. highlight 'other ports'
3. click 'add'
4. Try to find 'vnc-server' using just the scroll-bar on the right.
5. Try to add both 'vnc-server' entries (tcp/5900 and udp/5900) at once.

Actual results:
In step 4, the scroll-bar is hard to use because there are so many entries in relation to the vertical height of the scroll-bar.  If you don't know what port number vnc-server prefers, you can sort by Service rather than by Port, and at least search alphabetically by name, but that doesn't reduce the sheer number of entries to scroll through.

In step 5, you can't add multiple ports in one go.  You have to add one at a time and re-click 'Add', and repeat the search process (for a known port) or re-enter a user-defined port.

Expected results:
Add a filter box, where I can type in a few characters (such as 'vnc'), and immediately have the list reduced to just the known service names with 'vnc' as a substring.  Then I won't even have to scroll through unrelated entries.

Make it easier to add multiple ports (or both tcp and udp of the same port number) at once.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2010-07-30 12:47:20 UTC
This bug appears to have been reported against 'rawhide' during the Fedora 14 development cycle.
Changing version to '14'.

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