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

Candidate criteria

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

  • Be relatively 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

The Dirty Dozen

These are the top most annoying and disruptive to daily workflow bugs that have been voted on by the active Scribus user community.


Candidates are voted on as viable to enter the top 12. They have made it to the 2nd round.

Brainstorming & Nominations

Note: Please label bugs using the bug template: {{b|#####}} where # siginifies bug number on the Mantis Bugtracker

  • The Properties window sometimes stops being updated when switching to a different object → 10182 (nominated by Ulrich Klauer)
commentary by nominator
This bug opens up the use for Scribus for a multitude of people around the world.
  • Being able to type accented characters with keyboard → 12228
This bug hinders a very basic feature : ability to type text. Any scribus user that uses a langage with accented glyphs (french, spanish, polish etc) cant type all accented glyphs and has to resort to painfull quirks (like copy and pasting from a word, libreoffice or plain text document) for each accented glyph they meet that cant be typed through keyboard (= those using more than one keystrike).
Votes -> (Kunda +1; Ale +1)
  • When no end of paragraph is part of the selected and copied text, pasting should not paste the paragraph style of the selection (it should only paste the character styles) → 11574 (nominated by JLuc)
First demonstrated in 1968 at the Xerox PARC, Cut (or Copy) and Paste feature is one of the most common operation of computer use. Scribus should manage it perfectly.
Votes -> (Kunda +1)
  • Search doesn't center on result → 11369 (nominated by JLuc)
Votes -> (Kunda +1)
  • Search only searches current frame → (could not find the bug #)
Search and replace text is one of the most common operation anybody has to perform when working on documents.
Lets find the bug number for this Kunda (talk)
Votes -> (Kunda +1)
  • Impossible selection across multiple linked frames → 6241 (nominated by JLuc)
Selection is one of the most basic features of text editing. All commonly used software that manage multiple pages can select text across pages, whether DTP or text editors. Not meeting this user's habit and expectation is a deterrent to the use of scribus.
Votes -> (Kunda +1; Ale +1)
  • Copy'n'Pasting text from another document should not overwrite the current styles definition → 11814 (nominated by Jluc)
Votes -> (Kunda +1)
  • Importing a page from another document should not overwrite the current styles → 11420) (nominated by Jluc)
Styles are at the core of layout. Defining and using styles is one of the most important guidelines for users wanting to learn DTP. Managing styles should be done without any flaw. Conflicts should be well managed, with user's guidances when required.
Votes -> (Kunda +1)
  • Getting Cezary's TOC code into the trunk. → 1371 (nominated by Ale) (or rather 8796 's patch ?)
But I would check if it's possible to add it as a Plugin
The amount of time saved in one's workflow after implementing this would be immense.
  • Offer to redefine missing images. → 0000 (nominated by Ale)
If a missing image is found (first time a red cross is shown instead of the image) offer to the user to look for defined but missing images (and offer to change all the missing images with the same path). This coold be done through a pop up or by clicking on a notice in the image.
  • Allow relative paths to resource (for collaborative work). → 0000 (nominated by Ale)
The first resource to be cnosidered are images. I don't know if they are other candidates...


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

Fixed Most Annoying Bugs

This part lists fixed MABs or candidate MABs.

  • Remove the "missing ghostscript" warning on startup and replace it with a warning shown when ghostscript is indeed needed → 11428 (nominated by a.l.e)
This bug was destroyed by cbradney in r19179. This bug did not even graduate to The Dirty Dozen

Rejected Candidates

This part lists candidates MABs that are felt to not compell with the criteria, or whose bug cannot be reproduced or has not been confirmed for any other reason.