Most Annoying Bugs

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Function of this page is to track the Most Annoying Bugs that affect usage of Scribus and that meet the criteria listed below


The most annoying bugs are the top most annoying and disruptive to daily workflow.

As for LibreOffice, "Hard hacks" should meet the below requirements :

  • Be really annoying for a significant amount of people
  • Be relatively difficult to solve and/or track down
  • Crashes/data loss are good candidates but not necessary
  • Backtraces should be done on proposed hard hacks before they become accepted hard hacks
  • Enhancement requests should NOT be on the list

As for Scribus, care has been taken when nominationg these "most annoying bugs" to the following criteria :

  • Bug can be reproduced
  • Bug impacts core of scribus mission
  • Bug impacts basic functionnalities
  • Bug doesnt require a rare combination of circumstances

Here there are.

The Dirty Ten

Id Category Severity Status Updated Summary Comment
0011071 Story Editor / Text Frames crash confirmed 2015-11-24 buggy behaviour with align-right tabs layout
0011574 Story Editor / Text Frames crash confirmed 2015-11-03 Usability : Pasting text should not paste the paragraph style styles
0011420 Import / Export major confirmed 2015-10-30 1.5 style management during page import styles
0011814 Styles crash new 2015-10-30 Managing styles when pasting an object coming from another document styles
0006241 Usability major assigned (avox) 2015-10-25 Not possible to make mouse selection through multiple linked frames user interface
0001752 Story Editor / Text Frames major acknowledged 2015-09-25 Use selected text in SE search/replace as the basis for the search field user interface, search
0011634 Undo/Redo major confirmed 2015-09-14 undo on endofparagraph delete styles, undo
0011995 Story Editor / Text Frames crash confirmed 2015-05-14 Bad layout : text shrinks when too tightly approached layout
0011369 Story Editor / Text Frames major confirmed 2015-02-16 Scribus doesn't show the search results (*outside* the viewport or outside of linked textframe) user interface, search
0012276 Story Editor / Text Frames crash confirmed 2014-12-24 Undo deletion of more than one paragraph doesnt restore style styles, undo

3 categories

It appears MABs can be sorted in 3 categories :

  • layout related (right align tab, shrunk text, issue with endofparagraph glyph when right align, etc). See also '#layout' tag on the bug tracker. There are some more very annoying layout issues (some being related to hyphenation)
  • styles related (object copy and paste from other document or from scrapbook, style import, undo messes styles, copy and paste messes styles ...). See also '#styles' tag on the bug tracker
  • User interface related and search related

Brainstorming & Nominations

TODO: CONFIRM or COMMENT and VOTE on candidates
Note: Please label bugs using the bug template: {{b|#####}} where # siginifies bug number on the Mantis Bugtracker

  • All "layout" bugs : see #layout tag on the bug tracker
These are layout bugs (not including UI bugs), as "right tab scrambles text" or "text is scrambled when image too close" etc
Votes -> (JLuc +1)


  • Thread on the ML started by JLuc on May 2014.
  • Heavily inspired by the LibreOffice model:

Fixed Most Annoying Bugs

Id Status Summary Comment
0012228 closed (cbradney) Some accented characters dont get typed in text frames bug fixed prior to 1.5 release!
0011428 closed (cbradney) "Ghostscript missing" dialog should be dismissible this bug was destroyed by cbradney in r19179. this bug did not even graduate to the dirty dozen