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KGtk (Use KDE Dialogs in Gtk Apps)

   0.11.0  

KDE Improvement

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KGtk (Use KDE Dialogs in Gtk Apps)
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Link:  http://
Downloads:  17018
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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 by fatbuttlarry on: Feb 18 2008
 
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warning if you start avant-window-navigator with this, it will launch all other applications with it.

most importantly, pidgin won't launch from the awn-dock anymore.

-Tres


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 debian package

 
 by LDK on: Feb 23 2008
 
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i ve made the amd64 package with checkinstall (debian lenny)

http://w15.easy-share.com/1699674576.html


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 Firefox 2 on KUbuntu

 
 by arendjr2 on: Feb 25 2008
 
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Somehow Firefox 2 on KUbuntu Feisty Fawn still uses GTK2 dialogs, even though I have added firefox=gtk2 in kgtkrc. Eclipse does work however.


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 Whoops!

 
 by Moony on: Feb 28 2008
 
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I really like th concept of this program, but 2 major issues:

1. When I run /usr/bin/kgtk-wrapper /usr/bin/firefox, it tries to preload /usr/lib/kgtk/libgtk2.so. I'm running 64 bit though, so I get the "cannot preload, ignoring" message. If I manually change the path to lib64 in kgtk2-wrapper, then it works. Can't this be auto-detected somehow?

2. In Opera, If I cancel out of the KDE Dialog, my system goes into a tailspin, the hard drive goes nuts, the mouse gets choppy, and I have to manually reset my system!!!

I'm scared to go on. What can be done to fix these problems? Thanks.


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 Re: Whoops!

 
 by CraigD on: Mar 25 2008
 
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Sorry, I don't have access to a 64-bit system - so I'm not sure how to go about doing this.

As for opera, works fine for me under 32-bit KUbuntu Gutsy. All I can suggest, is editing the source files and adding lots of debug to see whats going on.


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 Deb KGtk 0.9.4 Gutsy

 
 by Viruscg on: Feb 29 2008
 
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KGtk 0.9.4 Gutsy + Portuguese translation

http://www.adrive.com/public/4ee9cb7fed51fc916bdfc8b086053bb991a61ef2e69121e1c9d697fc10b5a65a.html


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 Must Have Utility!

 
 by fdservices on: Mar 22 2008
 
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This is an absolutely must have utility. Thank you so much. I have been looking to replace thunderbird because of the absolutely impossible file picker/chooser. Now I can carry on using it. Well done!


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