In Software center I want to see download status!


I absolutely need to see the download status of a file/software that I want to install. If its a big file, some Gigabytes, it doesnt give me any status information. Need them. Thats why I thought its broken... and boke up the process...

And today Software center didnt open, I had to reinstall....

I never use the Gnome Software Center due to its over simplified nature and bugginess.
If using a GUI package manager, I prefer Synaptic.

Installing from terminal also shows progress and file sizes - or using Aptitude in terminal for an informative install.

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I've been using nala lately for terminal installs. It's like apt, but better presentation.
Check it out.

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I looked into it. I see it includes a Progress bar, as well. Great suggestion.

EDIT: attempting to install Nala resulted in a lot of broken dependencies. This led down a merry Rabbit Hole of dependency issues, since Nala has some interesting and rather unique Python dependencies.
This falls on the Nala Maintainer, not Ubuntu. It affects Ubuntu and all derivatives like Pop OS, Mint and Zorin (I looked deeper into it.)
Users can still install with the legacy Nala, instead:

sudo apt install nala-legacy

The maintainer of Nala needs to correct his latest versions "build depends" file and properly file them for the builds that are being used.

EDIT (again):
I have decided to not use nala and to remove it. Below, you can see why:

ld1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1_amd64.deb timed out
1_8.0.30-0ubuntu0.20.04.2_amd64.deb timed out
egdb_2022.06.06-0ubuntu1%7E20.04.1_all.deb timed out
Error: Hash Sum does not match: firefox_103.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1_amd64.deb
  Expected Hash: SHA512: 14c647d88db15745c3e044d87199b7d55ba43f7712f32a9a04dbf1f
  Received Hash: SHA512: e21b58779c5e20032a3aa606674548c2cfd9ac0eea1de37ef42983e
Notice: Nala has removed firefox_103.0+build1-0ubuntu0.20.04.1_amd64.deb but 
will try another mirror
Error: No more mirrors available for 
Error: Name or service not known:
Error: No more mirrors available for 

There are two distinct things here that are wrong for me.
One, nala boasts of Faster Speeds by using multiple mirrors. The problem with this is clear; I use Main Server mirrors for a reason. Reliability and Up To Date packages. Nala will try using multiple mirrors and this can cause version conflicts since some mirrors have not been updated whereas others have been.
This also results in easy Time-Out problems visible above.

Secondly, Nala opted to remove Firefox - even though it could not find a mirror for the Firefox update. I am fine with this, since I was planning to remove FF anyway...
But to a user that relies on Firefox, running their upgrade command would remove it and not upgrade it.
Looking into this, I saw other users complaining of this, such as openrgb being simply removed from their system, along with other applications.
Nala should not remove an application, then utterly fail to find the package in one of its mirror searches, then fail to install the updated package. That is beyond unacceptable to me.

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It's fixed in the latest version of Gnome Software Center. So when Zorin 17 comes out it would be in there.

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Funny, I have had no problems at all. ???

I seek problems out... :wink:

and usually problems find me!

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