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Katapult-Fast Track


KDE Improvement

Score 84%
Katapult-Fast Track

Link:  http://
Downloads:  1531
Submitted:  Jun 23 2007
Updated:  Jul 3 2007


This is a Katapult fork based on the KDE SVN repository. It fixes several outstanding issues of upstream Katapult. Unfortunately, Katapult development stagnated and no progress has been made upstream for half a year. I recently got a response from the project manager of katapult. If you don't think I should hand the changes over upstream, send me a suggestion for a name or else we'll see what we can do to incorporate my changes back into the original katapult.

Improvements over last stable Katapult release:
* Support for multiple results (Press up or down keys to see more results)
* Support for multiple actions (Press left or right keys to see more actions)
* Adaptive search
* Threaded architecture
* Non-blocking DCOP calls

Kudos to the team for providing the framework for multiple results, multiple actions, and multithreaded catalogs.

* Currently, only the program and bookmark catalogs actually return more than one result at a time.
* Only the program catalog supports adaptive search.
* Only the amarok catalog has multiple actions.

What this means for YOU:
* The amarok catalog should not slow down Katapult if you have a big collection of songs.
* The amarok catalog can now queue songs and add songs to the current playlist
* The program catalog will adapt to your launching preferences (i.e. no more "Konquest" results when all you want is "Konqueror")
* You no longer have to type more letters (press the down key to choose something else)

What is still lacking:
* Testing. Especially for the amarok catalog. I only have a couple of GB worth of songs so I can't speak for everyone but this should be an improvement over the last release.
* Spell catalog. I've tried everything to get KSpell to play nice with separate threads (i.e. call KSpell in the main thread, block the worker thread till KSpell is done, then pass the result to the worker thread) but it just won't work.
* Localization. I need translations. You could of course just ./configure the katapult-0.3.2 sources and make install inside only the po directory.

Read the INSTALL file included. For the impatient, it is now CMake based. So either create a build directory or run

within the source directory.

To avoid crashes due to missing display plug-ins or catalogs, make sure the prefix you use is the same as kde-config --prefix or kde3-config --prefix (not sure about that though) for Kubuntu users.

The command should look something like cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr -DREALTRANSPARENCY=1 .

using backticks (i.e. `kde-config --prefix`) instead of $KDEDIR might do the trick.

Then make and install as root.

Simply remove the -DREALTRANSPARENCY=1 switch to disable composite support.

Real transparency:
Run a compositing window manager such as compiz before launching katapult-fast track. If you switch from KWin to compiz/beryl while Katapult-Fast Track is running, you have to restart Katapult-Fast Track for real transparency to work. Likewise, shifting to KWin from compiz/beryl requires restarting the program.

Amarok catalog:
Amarok must be running first.

Google and exec catalogs:
Type the keyword (either "google" or "exec" without the quotation marks using the defaults) before entering your query.

For any problems, either leave something here or post something at the Katapult forums. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. Please include how to reproduce your problems.


- Add real transparency support
- Enable google and exec catalogs
- Theoretically fix a possible crash for duplicate programs
- Switch to CMake

- Fix crashes due to o2 display plug-in
- Add myself to the authors list

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 by aaronm67 on: Jul 22 2007
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The original Katapult had a system tray that was mainly used for configuration. Is there a way to access a similar configuration menu?

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 Re: Configuration?

 by Ekardnam on: Jul 31 2007
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There you go. :D
(You can enable the system tray icon in the settings).

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 Re: Re: Configuration?

 by aaronm67 on: Aug 2 2007
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Awesome, thanks a lot. I didn't know the Ctrl+C for configure :P I feel dumb.

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 Katapult crush

 by naglifar on: Aug 6 2007
Score 50%


I have some problems with katapult. When it is running and I press alt+space nothing happens also when I try to access configuration panel from the tray icon it crush my kde-config --prefix is /usr
the found errors are:

Using host libthread_db library "/lib/libthread_db.so.1".
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread -1233163664 (LWP 19695)]
[KCrash handler]
#5 0x08057a0c in KatapultConfigDlg::addDisplaySettings ()
#6 0x0805951e in KatapultConfigDlg::KatapultConfigDlg ()
#7 0x08056d6e in KatapultSettings::configure ()
#8 0x08056e78 in KatapultSettings::qt_invoke ()
#9 0xb6ee1d23 in QObject::activate_signal () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#10 0xb6ee27c8 in QObject::activate_signal () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#11 0xb7d61709 in KAction::activated () from /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4
#12 0xb7d96ab2 in KAction::slotActivated () from /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4
#13 0xb7e62d2d in KAction::slotPopupActivated () from /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4
#14 0xb7e62ff1 in KAction::qt_invoke () from /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4
#15 0xb6ee1d23 in QObject::activate_signal () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#16 0xb726e360 in QSignal::signal () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#17 0xb6f01d4e in QSignal::activate () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#18 0xb7008611 in QPopupMenu::mouseReleaseEvent () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#19 0xb7d6a90e in KPopupMenu::mouseReleaseEvent () from /usr/lib/libkdeui.so.4
#20 0xb6f18cb2 in QWidget::event () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#21 0xb6e794e0 in QApplication::internalNotify () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#22 0xb6e7b6a1 in QApplication::notify () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#23 0xb7596122 in KApplication::notify () from /usr/lib/libkdecore.so.4
#24 0xb6e0c609 in QApplication::sendSpontaneousEvent ()
from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#25 0xb6e0afeb in QETWidget::translateMouseEvent ()
from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#26 0xb6e096da in QApplication::x11ProcessEvent () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#27 0xb6e1ffb8 in QEventLoop::processEvents () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#28 0xb6e93be6 in QEventLoop::enterLoop () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#29 0xb6e939f6 in QEventLoop::exec () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#30 0xb6e7b089 in QApplication::exec () from /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3
#31 0x08051f01 in main ()

I am debian user and katapult is installed from debian package.

Does someone know how to fix this.

Thank you.

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 Can we get a deb?

 by dotancohen on: Feb 16 2008
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For some reason, Katapult-fasttrack is not finding my KDE libraries. This is on Ubuntu 7.04. Any chance of a .deb package? Thanks!
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc
-- Check for working C compiler: /usr/bin/gcc -- works
-- Check size of void*
-- Check size of void* - done
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++
-- Check for working CXX compiler: /usr/bin/c++ -- works
-- Enabling real transparency support. Fade transitions are not supported.
-- Looking for XOpenDisplay in /usr/lib/libX11.so;/usr/lib/libXext.so
-- Looking for XOpenDisplay in /usr/lib/libX11.so;/usr/lib/libXext.so - found
-- Looking for gethostbyname
-- Looking for gethostbyname - found
-- Looking for connect
-- Looking for connect - found
-- Looking for remove
-- Looking for remove - found
-- Looking for shmat
-- Looking for shmat - found
-- Looking for IceConnectionNumber in ICE
-- Looking for IceConnectionNumber in ICE - found
-- Didn't find KDE3 headers
-- Didn't find KDE3 core library
-- Didn't find the KDE3 dcopidl preprocessor
-- Didn't find the KDE3 dcopidl2cpp preprocessor
-- Found KDE3 kconfig_compiler preprocessor: /usr/bin/kconfig_compiler
CMake Error: Could NOT find everything required for compiling KDE 3 programs
-- Configuring done

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 Re: Can we get a deb

 by Juanmamb on: May 15 2008
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Have you tried `kde-config --prefix` (with backticks) instead of
$KDEDIR, which is undefined in my Kubuntu 7.10?
It would result in this command:
or, alternatively:
cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$(kde-config --prefix) -DREALTRANSPARENCY=1

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 by Ekardnam on: Apr 14 2008
Score 50%

I'm really looking forward for an update that fixes
- the random crashes.
- IM catalog.

Then Katapult would be (almost) perfect.

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 Installing on Hardy

 by lviggiani on: May 20 2008
Score 50%

I run (on kubuntu 8.04)

cmake -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=$(kde-config --prefix) -DREALTRANSPARENCY=1

and everything goes fine.
Bu when than I run


I get the following error (at about 60%):

Linking CXX shared module katapult_kimproxycatalog.so
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lkaddressbook
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [katapult/plugins/catalogs/kimproxycatalog/katapult_kimproxycatalog.so] Error 1
make[1]: *** [katapult/plugins/catalogs/kimproxycatalog/CMakeFiles/katapult_kimproxycatalog.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2

Any help?

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 Re: Installing on Ha

 by Juanmamb on: May 20 2008
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1) what is the output of "kde-config --prefix"?

2) does it successfully link any other Katapult catalog, against any other KDE library, or does it actually fail on the 1st attempt to perform any such link?

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 Re: Re: Installing on Ha

 by lviggiani on: May 21 2008
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Hi here are the answers:

1) kde-config: /opt/mono-1.9/lib/libpng12.so.0: no version information available (required by /usr/lib/libqt-mt.so.3)

2) I don't really understand what you mean... :( . The cmake command works fine, when then I run make, this is the full output:

Linking CXX shared library libkatapult.so
[ 12%] Built target libkatapult
Linking CXX shared module katapult_programcatalog.so
[ 19%] Built target katapult_programcatalog
Linking CXX shared module katapult_bookmarkcatalog.so
[ 28%] Built target katapult_bookmarkcatalog
Linking CXX shared module katapult_documentcatalog.so
[ 36%] Built target katapult_documentcatalog
Linking CXX shared module katapult_calculatorcatalog.so
[ 44%] Built target katapult_calculatorcatalog
Linking CXX shared module katapult_amarokcatalog.so
[ 53%] Built target katapult_amarokcatalog
Linking CXX shared module katapult_kimproxycatalog.so
/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lkaddressbook
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [katapult/plugins/catalogs/kimproxycatalog/katapult_kimproxycatalog.so] Error 1
make[1]: *** [katapult/plugins/catalogs/kimproxycatalog/CMakeFiles/katapult_kimproxycatalog.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2


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