Navigation history is still broken ( IDEA-22870 issue )

Navigation history is still broken ( IDEA-22870 issue )


Dear friend, who like me every day faces abnormal behavior of the navigation history buttons "back" and "forward" in IDEA! :x
IMHO You're right, that issue is really happens with us and it is not only a misunderstanding in our heads.
Navigation history is really broken and it was broken as long ago as early IDEA 8.x was released.
Now IDEA 9.0.3 has come out and the issue is still not fixed.

What the problem? It is: Neither a switching opened files wia tabs nor a changing cursor location within file text by simple clicking at some place in the text are stored in navigation history. Only sophisticated navigation operations (e.g. going to referenced object, search) as well as a switching files wia project tree are stored.
Due to the issue, while working with IDEA, one who uses swithing wia tabs constantly can't return back to previous file but returns to pre-previous one or pre-pre-previous one or so on. Damn it! X-(

Simplest reproducing is:
1) Reopen project with opened files (navigation history is clean at that moment)
2) One or several times switch opened files wia clicking on tabs. Also change cursor location within file text by clicking at different places in the text.
3) See that navigation "back" and "forward" buttons are still disabled so history is still empty :(. Hot keys ( Ctrl+Alt+Left , Ctrl+Alt+Right ) don't work too.

The issue has posted to bugtracking system with id IDEA-22870. And it's staying opened for 14 month. :(

Why they do that with us? ?:|

Today I say to myself, "Maybe JetBrains guys think there are too few people who consider the issue as a problem thus it's not a high priority task?".
To check I'm not alone I have started this topic and everyone can to say now, "Folks, It is really an irksome problem!". To say that just post to the topic something like "AGREE".

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On 26/07/2010 4:36 PM, Alex Tsyrulick wrote:

h1. Navigation history is still broken ( IDEA-22870 issue )

I remember this used to be an issue for me when I had the tab limit set
to 1, or didn't show tabs at all.  It was there for a long time, and I
just resigned myself to the fact it wouldn't be fixed, and although I
didn't want to I was forced to increased my tab limit.
Maybe you only use 1 tab, if so that's a workaround there for you.

But yes the underlying problem should obviously be fixed.
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1. Nathan, how is it possible to switch opened files wia tabs having only one tab? Of course I use multiple tabs.
When tabs are switched off the issue isn't appeared.

2. Nobody is agree... Well I'm going to switch my tabs off :(

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On 30/08/2010 7:23 PM, Alex Tsyrulick wrote:

1. Nathan, how is it possible to switch opened files wia tabs having only one tab? Of course I use multiple tabs.
When tabs are switched off the issue isn't appeared.

You can use the TabSwitch plugin, or the equivalent functionality in IDEA 9.
Note that the issue used to appear only with tabs switched off... are
you saying it is ok with tabs switched off now?
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Note that the issue used to appear only with tabs switched off...

I do not understand. The issue concerns tabs. If tabs are hidden (when I wrote "switched off" I meant "hidden") one can't reproduce the issue.
If you suppose that I use TabSwitch plugin then I don't. I use native IDEA editor tabs which are controlled wia Settings -> IDE Settings -> Editor -> Editor tabs.

are you saying it is ok with tabs switched off now?

It's like I have buggy program and you ask me: if you don't run the program do you see any bugs? Of course, if I don't run that program I can't reproduce any bugs. If one hide the tabs he can't face with IDEA-22870 issue. In this sense it's true: having tabs hidden all is OK.
But if tabs are shown the issue is appeared.

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Well, now I have realized why IDEA-22870 issue isn't so critical. All people use TabView plugin :). As they do not need to click on tabs so they do not face with the first (the most offensive) part of the issue.

Nathan, the issue you said about isn't related to IDEA-22870. It's rather a natural behaviour of the plugin: it allows only switch among files opened in tabs. So that if we hide tabs or set number of tabs to 1, the plugin will show us only one (currently opened) file in its popup.

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