What is the difference between a non-repeating alarm and a timer?

Asked by Chops II on 2011-10-25

Why not just have alarms and not set their repeat?

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Johannes H. Jensen (joh) said : #1

An alarm triggers at a specific time of day, e.g. 12 AM.
A timer counts down a specific number of minutes, e.g. 15 minutes.

Chops II (diddly-chops) said : #2

It seems I can more or less use an alarm in that way though - (put in 00 15 00 to make it go off in 15 minutes).

Johannes H. Jensen (joh) said : #3

Huh, that's *really* strange. Are you sure you've selected "Alarm Clock" and not "Timer" at the top of the "Edit Alarm" dialog?

Chops II (diddly-chops) said : #4

Ok, yeah I had some trouble duplicating just then but I worked it out. Start a timer, then edit it while its still ticking and set to alarm.
For a more reasonable use case that shows the bug, create an alarm, start it, notice the correct count down. While still running, edit, set to timer, then back to alarm, notice incorrect countdown (timer like one).

Johannes H. Jensen (joh) said : #5

Ah, you're right! That's definitely a bug.

Could you please create a bug report and make sure it's linked from here? Thanks :-)

Chops II (diddly-chops) said : #7

Oh and I guess this question is answered