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[Bug 826622] New: Some yast2 dialogs unusable in text mode
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  • Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:16:20 +0000
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Summary: Some yast2 dialogs unusable in text mode
Classification: openSUSE
Product: openSUSE 12.3
Version: Final
Platform: Other
OS/Version: openSUSE 12.3
Status: NEW
Severity: Normal
Priority: P5 - None
Component: YaST2
AssignedTo: bnc-team-screening@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
ReportedBy: andreas.mueller@xxxxxx
QAContact: jsrain@xxxxxxxx
Found By: ---
Blocker: ---

User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8_4)
AppleWebKit/536.30.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0.5 Safari/536.30.1

Some text mode yast2 dialogs are unusable because they assume terminal
capabilities, in particular function keys, that are not present on all
platforms. E.g. the dialog to configure incoming mail has no dialog button to
leave it. The only way to leave it is via the function keys (F8=back, F9=Abort,
F10=Finish). However, these keys are e.g. not available on a Mac: F10 is
usually intercepted by Exposé.

In the particular case of the mail configuration dialog with postfix installed,
the process fails on a fresh machine with no useful error message. Only the
second run works.

Reproducible: Always

Steps to Reproduce:
see detail description
Actual Results:
With a limited keyboard (e.g. when logged in from a remote system), no
navigation is possible if function keys are not available. The only way to get
out of this is to log in from a different terminal session and kill the yast

Each dialog must have navigation buttons. Function keys should be considered
optional, and not available on some terminals. They should only be considered
shortcuts, the application must be usable without them.

The mail dialog is not the only one with that shortocoming, I also found this
problem with some other dialogs when I installed a bunch of openSuSE VMs, but I
have since forgotten what they were.

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