GNOME or GTK text auto-completion in file name boxes
I've had this very annoying niggle with GNOME (or GTK: I don't know what exactly I'm referring to) for a while now, and it has to be the single most important reason I prefer KDE over GNOME!
Anyway, enough babbling. I'm using Kubuntu Feisty (7.04), running Thunderbird in KDE. If I click "attach", it brings up a file name box, with the keyboard 'focus' on the text box.
If I start typing e.g "/home/fs", it will autocomplete with "/home/fshero", but with the end-part highlighted. Hence, I would still be able to type "hero" (as if to complete the name "fshero") myself.
However, I noticed that sometimes (and I can't quite figure out when systematically) when I type, it fills in the box completely automatically. So, the text 'jumps forward'. E.g. While typing "/h", it fills it with "/home", and then when I type "/f" it fills with "/home/fshero".
The only occasion where I have noticed this occurring systematically is if I press Ctrl+Tab to tab through all the options, then return back to the text-box again. Also systematic is when I select the whole text of the text box and press Backspace. After this, typing is back to 'old behaviour' (that is, the first situation I described above).
Apart from these observations, there have been times where the text box switched to the 'new' behaviour and I haven't been able to identify exactly what else does this.
The reason why this is so annoying is because I touch-type. So, when I'm typing at speed, I make mistakes with the 'new' behaviour (as I am expecting the 'old'). Thankfully I've never encountered this with any KDE dialogue boxes.
How do I turn the 'new' behaviour off with a keyboard shortcut or a permanent option? I hate having to select the text with the mouse and typing it all again!
NOTE: There are screenshots in my thread at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=701741
You'll need to go to the Control Center>
Under the 'Look & Feel' section, there's a subsection called 'Window Behaviour'. You should be able to set the autocompletion to your preferences there.
Furthermore, I discovered that the 'triggers' to the odd auto-completion behaviour were not correct! It seems to happen almost of its own volition. I know it sounds really bizarre, but I have no clue what triggers the behaviour change.
I now notice that pressing Ctrl+Tab to cycle through the items in the dialogue box doesn't consistently change the behaviour. It seems to me at the moment that if I hold the backspace key to clear all the text in the box, it switches to the 'unwanted' behaviour. Take this with a pinch of salt though, my experiment might have been wrong!
I now also notice that clearing the text-box using Ctrl+Home and pressing Del (not backspace) will switch the behaviour to the 'desired' one.
Could this be a bug in GNOME, Thunderbird or KDE? I also ran the GIMP and brought up an "open file" dialogue; this was even more sporadic -- I couldn't induce 'unwanted' behaviour as described above; it seemed to occur randomly.
Sorry my original suggestion wasn't more helpful. I see you've had no replies to the same question on Ubuntuforums.
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