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PostPosted: Mon 31 May 2010, 07:41    Post_subject:  Default Applications Wizard - version 003
Sub_title: A useful wizard for selecting the default applications
 

Well ... I think Puppy really needs this thing.

It's not ready, but it works. It needs to be more user friendly and less ugly. Currently it is able to determine and set the default applications, but it needs to be designed better.

It's my first gtkdialog project, but I'm an experienced programmer. Using HTML syntax with a PyGTK-like thing is killing me Smile

Any suggestions/comments are welcome.

Changelog:
- 31/5: version 001, an ugly version that does whatever it does and works
- 10/6: 002, detection of installed applications, UI fixes
- 10/6: 003, 6 times faster detection, minor fixes, way more efficient

See the replies for newer versions Idea
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PostPosted: Mon 31 May 2010, 09:58    Post_subject:  

Like this?
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PostPosted: Mon 31 May 2010, 10:17    Post_subject:  

Damn!! I was gonna post something very similar in a couple of days.. Oh well..
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PostPosted: Mon 31 May 2010, 10:19    Post_subject:  

This is really a programmers app.

A 'newbie' would have no idea what mozstart was.

You need to construct a translation/lookup table to determine what apps are available in the iso in easy to understand terms.

i.e. mozstart = SeaMonkey or whatever (Firefox maybe)

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PostPosted: Mon 31 May 2010, 14:12    Post_subject:  

tasmod, thank you very much for your help!

Yes, I think I'm going to make drop-down lists with available applications or something, I'll do that till Saturday.

Should be cool Smile

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PostPosted: Mon 31 May 2010, 17:14    Post_subject:  

I have a quick question.. Does the function 'set program' support adding parameters to the command to be used as the default?

For example, for a mail client, many people will want to use "seamonkey -mail", but I believe the set_program function will not support such inputs..

Code:
if [ "`which $2`" != "" ]; then

  echo "#!/bin/sh" > /usr/local/bin/$1
  echo "exec $2 \"\$@\"" >> /usr/local/bin/$1


This code is very similar to something I am using, but mine does not support adding parameters... Sad

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PostPosted: Tue 01 Jun 2010, 04:21    Post_subject:  

This has minor changes to achieve the above gui.

Text spacings formatting and centering of gui onscreen.

Note: -c -p mean centre and program respectively.
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PostPosted: Tue 01 Jun 2010, 05:06    Post_subject:  

sc0ttman wrote:
I have a quick question.. Does the function 'set program' support adding parameters to the command to be used as the default?


Yes, it does.

Basically, it writes a simple script.

Code:
#!/bin/sh
exec <what you entered> "$@"

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jun 2010, 04:26    Post_subject:  

Here's a new version. Now it finds all the applications you have installed and lists them. Something sc0tt's wizard doesn't do (btw, take it and apply it on yours, I like your wizard enough to let you) Smile

TODO: make it auto-select the one you are using right now. Piece of cake, I'll do it within a couple of days. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jun 2010, 08:04    Post_subject:  

If I install a program (say, from the .pet list,) will it be automatically added to the drop-down list? If not, how can I add it to the list, so I can choose to make it the default application?
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jun 2010, 08:49    Post_subject:  

If the .desktop file has the right syntax and proper category/description, it should be added automatically Smile

Working on a more efficient 003, less usage of "cat".

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jun 2010, 09:37    Post_subject:  

Here it is.

Improvements:
- Prevents the user from entering invalid programs
- Starts about 6 times faster, does everything at once instead of repeating the procedure 6 times and running "cat" so many times for nothing
- Way more efficient
- Selects the current default application and puts it on the top of the list

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jun 2010, 10:29    Post_subject:  

Iguleder wrote:
Here it is.

Improvements:
- Prevents the user from entering invalid programs
- Starts about 6 times faster, does everything at once instead of repeating the procedure 6 times and running "cat" so many times for nothing
- Way more efficient
- Selects the current default application and puts it on the top of the list

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Nice work.. I like the way you automatically search the .desktop files..

But I just installed your tool and it didn't find my firefox or browser-installer .desktop files (not created by myself)
The reason is that they both seem to use the category "WebBrowser", not the normal "Internet" category..

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PostPosted: Thu 10 Jun 2010, 10:33    Post_subject:  

Yeah, I need to see how things are arranged in different PETs. I did all tests against vanilla 4.3.1 with only GIMP installed, so it's not perfect.

Gotta add all categories ... the underlying structure is ready and working, so it won't be a problem, just some extra conditions.

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