[Bug 650750] [NEW] Empathy contact list defocuses on most keypresses

Michael Wayne Goodman goodman.m.w at gmail.com
Wed Sep 29 01:16:55 UTC 2010

Public bug reported:

Binary package hint: empathy

I'm running Maverick beta (last updated Sept 27th 2010) with Empathy

In what appears to be a regression from Lucid, I cannot control the
Empathy contact list by the keyboard. I would like to do the following:

1. Press tab to change focus from the buddy list to status settings

2. Select a status from the dropdown list (to be fair, this might not
have been available in Lucid)

3. Press enter while a contact is selected to open a chat window with
that contact

Currently, while the status text box is focused, I can type a new status
and enter it, but I cannot open the dropdown menu. Pressing tab in the
status text box changes focus to the buddy list (rather than to the
dropdown menu button).

The more serious problem is that, apparently, while the buddy list is
focused (e.g. a contact is highlighted) any key besides up and down will
defocus the application. I cannot press tab to go back to the status
text box, and I cannot press enter to open a chat window with that
contact. Even pressing letter or number keys will defocus the

This is very annoying for me as I primarily use the keyboard. I would be
happy to provide further information and some time debugging.

** Affects: empathy (Ubuntu)
     Importance: Undecided
         Status: New

Empathy contact list defocuses on most keypresses
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