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KGtk (Use KDE Dialogs in Gtk Apps)

   0.11.0  

KDE Improvement

Score 85%
KGtk (Use KDE Dialogs in Gtk Apps)
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KGtk (Use KDE Dialogs in Gtk Apps)
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Link:  http://
Downloads:  17071
Submitted:  Mar 6 2006
Updated:  Nov 3 2011

Description:

This is a quick-and-dirty LD_PRELOAD hack that allows *some* Gtk applications to use KDE's file dialogs when run under KDE.

The Gtk file chooser functions have been overridden to communicate with this KDE module/application.

After compiling and installing this, you can run Gtk applications in 2 ways:

A. call /usr/local/bin/kgtk-wrapper gimp

B. i. Create a symbolic link from the wrapper script to your application, e.g.
ln -s /usr/local/bin/kgtk-wrapper /usr/local/bin/gimp
ii. Make sure /usr/local/bin is before /usr/bin (or wherever gimp is installed) in your $PATH
iii. Now simply run 'gimp' - this should find the wrapper script first.

If this works OK, then edit the .desktop file (e.g. /usr/share/applications/gimp.desktop) to have "Exec=/usr/local/bin/[appname]" instead of "Exec=[appname]", e.g. for gimp.desktop this would be:

Exec=/usr/local/bin/gimp-remote-2.2 %U

or:

Exec=/usr/local/bin/kgtk-wrapper gimp-remote-2.2 %U


So far I have tested this with the following applications:

1. Kino. Works perfectly - in fact Kino was my main reason for doing this.
2. Firefox. Works with Firefox 1.5, but *not* Firefox 1.0.x
3. GIMP. Again, seems to work just fine. However, there is no progress bar on file loading - as GIMP uses a progress bar embedded in the file chooser.
4. Inkscape. Works OK - at least 0.43
5. Streamtuner - the folder browser button works.
6. AbiWord - does *not* work. Don't even try...
7. Glade2. Seems to work OK, however I have had it crash when loading Kino's .glade file, but not always. So I'm not sure if this is Glade's fault, or mine.
8. Eclipse. Will work only if dlsym can be overriden

As the only Gtk apps I use are Kino, GIMP, and a little of Firefox, this library works great for me. Your millage may vary, and please note that this is only a quick hack to get things working now for me. I'm not sure how stable it will be under heavy usage, so don't be surprised if it breaks. However, if it does break - the only thing that should happen is that the Gtk apps will fall back to using the standard Gtk dialogs.


p.s. Before anyone asks, as they always do:
Widget style: QtCurve, works for KDE and Gtk (also does KDE->Gtk icon mapping). This is set on the "Clear" variation.
Window decoration: Crystal with Knifty buttons
Font: Verdana. However, I have recompiled FreeType with the TrueType byte encoder enabled - this give great looking non anti-aliased fonts (otherwise they look *horrible*)




Changelog:

0.11.0
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1. Gtk3 support.
2. Better, and safer, lookup of file filters.
3. Correctly determine size of string needed for pidfile!
4. Add thunderbird, and LibreOffice apps, to list of gtk2 apps.
5. Cleanup usless stuff; remove kdialogd3, qt3, qt4, kgtk2-wrapper, kqt3-wrapper, kqt4-wrapper.
6. Merge kgtkXX-wrapper scripts into kgtk-wrapper
7. Install kdialogd4 into KDE4 libexec dir.
8. Fix crash where client is terminated whilst file dialog is open.
9. Configurable debug. Pass cmake -DKGTK_DEBUG=true
When starting app, set KGTK_DEBUG env var, e.g.

KGTK_DEBUG=0x10 kgtk-wrapper lowriter

0x01 Connection debug
0x02 General debug
0x04 Filter get and set debug
0x08 Filter creation debug
0x10 Custom widget debug
0x20 dlsym debug
Values may be combined

10. If LibreOffice is detected (app is libreoffice, lowriter, etc.) then also set the OOO_FORCE_DESKTOP env var to gnome, so that we get nicer
themeing.
11. When passing filters to KFileDialog, replace / with \/
12. Make filter combo non-editable.
13. When returning selected filter to Gtk app, also return the filter name and not just the file pattern. This way if two filters have the same file pattern the corrent one can be selected.
14. Support for checkbox custom widgets.
15. Save location history per app.




LicenseGPL
Source(0.11.0)
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 Just a heads up

 
 by inane on: Nov 13 2007
 
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Just a heads up - I tested this with the alpha8 version of Gran Paradiso (Firefox 3) and so far it does not seem to work at all, no error message. It works fine, of course with Firefox 2.0 and Gimp on my machine but does nothing for dialogs, as of yet in Firefox 3. Thanks for all the hard work!


"The penguins are psychotic."
-'Madagascar' movie

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 Re: Just a heads up

 
 by CraigD on: Nov 16 2007
 
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...it does in fact work, just an error in one of the scripts.

kgtk2-wrapper ./firefox

...will work

kgtk-wrapper is a further script that tries to determine the toolkit being used in the application - so as to know whether its a Qt3, Qt4, or Gtk2 application. This kgtk-wrapper is failing to detect that firefox is a Gtk2 app - hence calling kgtk-wrapper directly works. To fix kgtk-wrapper, change:

if [ "$app" = "kgtk-wrapper" ] ; then
app=$1
useApp=0
fi

to:

if [ "$app" = "kgtk-wrapper" ] ; then
app=`basename $1`
useApp=0
fi


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 Re: Re: Just a heads up

 
 by inane on: Nov 17 2007
 
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You sir are THE MAN!!! I love you so hard! LOL You made my day!! Worked like a charm.

Am I the only one who is sick of the GTK dialogs not showing previews? Don't get me wrong, I love GNOME and have used it for years but I'm just at home with KDE and I'm happily awaiting KDE4. . . ugh Firefox 3 (using native icons and widgets) on top of plasma, that is hot, am I right?


"The penguins are psychotic."
-'Madagascar' movie

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 Opera still doesn't

 
 by cookies on: Dec 5 2007
 
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Work for me. Using Kubuntu Gutsy 7.10 with Opera's own shared qt .deb package.


Y-A-L-B, yet another Linux blog http://y-a-l-b.blogspot.com/

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 Really helpful tool!

 
 by Baldrun on: Dec 21 2007
 
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Kgtk "seems" to work fine in combination with the following apps using kde 3.5.7 on my gentoo machine:
- firefox
- gtk-lshw
- kino
- opera
- qtpfsgui
- streamtuner
- gimp
- inkscape
- mixxx
- pdfedit
- scribus
- lyx

It didn't work properly for me in combination with:
- audacity
- vym
- gtk-recordMyDesktop
- xine
- audacious
- gnumeric
- cinepaint


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 Tried more apps

 
 by Baldrun on: Dec 30 2007
 
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Kgtk works fine for:
- dia

Doesn't work for:
- hugin


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 KGtk+Compiz problem

 
 by croscato on: Jan 29 2008
 
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When used with Compiz Fusin 0.6 the KGtk apresent a little window on the top left size of the screen.

This window when resizing has the same name of the open application.


It's very annoying. Anyone has the same problem? Could you solve it?

Thanks in advance.


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 results

 
 by fatbuttlarry on: Feb 17 2008
 
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avant-window-navigator works for the most part.

pidgin does not.

-Tres


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