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Object Scatter doesnt show up in operator search
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System Information
Operating system: Windows-10-10.0.18362-SP0 64 Bits
Graphics card: Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000 Intel 4.0.0 - Build

Blender Version
Broken: version: 2.90 (sub 0), branch: master, commit date: 2020-04-29 19:38, hash: rB00e0034b13e6
Worked: 2.83 (sub 15), branch: master, commit date: 2020-04-29 19:35, hash: rBcd833d887995

The built in add-on object scatter doesn't show up in operator search, enabling and disabling the addon throws some errors on the system console/terminal.

Exact steps for others to reproduce the error

  1. Enable Scatter add-on
  2. Select an object
  3. Open operator search menu
  4. Type scatter

Works with default blend file

Event Timeline

Philipp Oeser (lichtwerk) changed the task status from Needs Triage to Needs Information from User.Apr 30 2020, 11:12 AM

Regarding search: It is a bit of an obscure situation atm...

Since the new F3 Menu search, Operator search is only accessible through the Edit menu in the topbar [if you have Developer Extras enabled in Preferences].
But that doesnt provide the right context for many operators (polling for 3DView for example).
So I think to get there, you have to do a combination of the two search menus

I hope this hasnt been mentioned already (if so: sorry for the duplicate...), and maybe I am missing something, but following scenario seems pretty strange to me:

  • As an Addon developer while prototyping I dont add operators to menus [so I have to use Operator Search]
  • My operator relys on SPACE_VIEW3D context
  • Operator Search is accessible through the topbar [thus polling SPACE_VIEW3D context will fail if I launch my operator from Operator Search]

What is the intended way to do this now?

  • Should I be searching Operator Search in the 3DView Menu Search and then look for my operator there?
  • Or should I add Operator Search to Quick Favorites to be able to have SPACE_VIEW3D context?

That being said, developers are aware to some extend, we have other reports open for this:
T74157: Use menus for operator search & various improvements
T76227: Make All Operators Accessible from Menus

Regarding search, I'll drop a note in T76227 that this needs to be done for supported Addons as well (but otherwise I think discussion about search should be continued in these reports...)

enabling and disabling the addon throws some errors on the system console/terminal.

Cannot reproduce... What are these errors? (will leave the report open for this issue)

Checked again and the errors doesnt seem to be related to the add-on and is fixed in the latest build. It only appears on an older build of 2.9 when add-on preferences is opened. Having the operator search on quick favorite fixes the issue with search operator.

OK, thx getting back.

If the error is gone though, I think we should close this (and continue discussion about search in T76227, T74157)...