Bug 4006 - selection expands in unexpected ways
Summary: selection expands in unexpected ways
Alias: None
Product: poppler
Classification: Unclassified
Component: general (show other bugs)
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: poppler-bugs
QA Contact:
Keywords: patch
: 18531 (view as bug list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-08-07 06:35 UTC by Christian Persch (GNOME)
Modified: 2018-08-20 22:00 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

See Also:
i915 platform:
i915 features:

a pdf file test case for this bug (114.93 KB, application/pdf)
2015-06-24 00:17 UTC, Frederic Parrenin

Description Christian Persch (GNOME) 2005-08-07 06:35:56 UTC
Steps to reproduce:
0) Load this document: http://www.zweitausendeins.de/Mh/MH196xxl.pdf
1) On the first page, click-and-hold in the left column, drag down to select
parts of the paragraph

Expected results:
Selection follows paragraph layout.

Actual results:
At first it works as expected, then suddently the selection expands in
unexpected ways; see screenshot. Also note that the selection is drawn
differently while selecting than after a focus out/in cycle (screenshot shows
after; couldn't get one of 'before' since gnome-screenshot causes focus out.).

Screenshot @ http://www.gnome.org/~chpe/evsel1.png

Cairo + poppler + evince from today (2005-08-06), poppler 0_4_X branch.
Comment 1 Nickolay V. Shmyrev 2006-01-05 09:00:57 UTC
Agree, we have a lot of problems with selection in multicolumn documents and
even crashes.



And I can even reproduce "unexpected async reply" X crash with the document above.
Comment 2 Nickolay V. Shmyrev 2008-11-14 13:05:56 UTC
*** Bug 18531 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Brian Ewins 2009-04-11 17:31:29 UTC
I believe this bug and bug 3188 have a common cause. I've posted a patch there which seems to fix the problem, but needs better testing. Hopefully some of the cc list here are interested?
Comment 4 Sergey 2010-05-10 03:03:56 UTC
I also have this problem using all libpoppler-based pdf-viewers. But it's not only with muti-colun text, but also with vertical-oriented text and upper or lower indexes. When i try to select a word on a line, which contain these symbols, they are become selected to. It often happens whith indexes in other columns.
Comment 5 Albert Astals Cid 2010-05-10 07:53:45 UTC
Sergey, in the future please do not play with severity, priority nor change the status of the bug to assigned.
Comment 6 Frederic Parrenin 2015-06-24 00:16:21 UTC
I confirm that selection still behaves strangely on some pdf file, especially with multiple columns.
I use evince 3.14.1 and poppler 0.26.5 on debian jessie.
I attach again one file attached to gnome bug #325189 because it is a good test case.
Comment 7 Frederic Parrenin 2015-06-24 00:17:09 UTC
Created attachment 116679 [details]
a pdf file test case for this bug
Comment 8 GitLab Migration User 2018-08-20 22:00:57 UTC
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