Metabar

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements

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Description:

This version is a complete rewrite of Metabar and it is now based on khtml. This makes theming quite simple. You just have to edit the default.css file in $KDEDIR/share/apps/metabar/html. But do NOT touch the layout.html file in any case. This might break Metabar. An option for choosing themes (like in amarok) will come in the next version.
Last changelog:

15 years ago

### Changes since 0.7:
Complete rewrite
NEW: Use of kparts instead of arts for preview

### Changes since 0.6:
NEW: Graphical redesign (again)
NEW: Disabling/Enabling animations
NEW: Use Konqueror's servicemenus
NEW: New icon
FIX: Internal rewrite of some major parts
FIX: the usual minor fixes

### Changes since 0.5:
NEW: Graphical redesign
NEW: Configurable actions
NEW: All of Konqueror's DCOP actions are usable
NEW: Animation of size changes
FIX: Compile error: visibility args
FIX: the usual minor fixes

### Changes since 0.4a:
NEW: Configuration dialog
NEW: Only show a configurable nubmer of actions
NEW: Use konqui's actions via dcop where possible
NEW: Configurable links
NEW: Scollbar if Metabar is too large (has still some bugs)
FIXED: Lose control over player after hiding it
FIXED: Limit width of information labels
and some other fixes I can't remember anymore :)

### Changes since 0.4:
FIXED: metabar_add.desktop not installed correctly
FIXED: 'blank' shown when not opened as default

### Changes since 0.2:
NEW: File previews
NEW: integrated player for audio and video
NEW: More information on files
NEW: Basic actions (like 'delete', 'rename' etc.)
And many bugfixes

sango

15 years ago

Ok, it shows some infos like time of creation, size and so, but it do'nt show the meta-infos which has a specific filetype (like mp3) and it do'nt allow to edit this meta-infos. It has'nt also an option to edit the rights, user or group of a file.

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google01103

15 years ago

maybe you should reword your comments into an added reatures request. I for one would second it.

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markwege

15 years ago

mile ..

./configure ends with
checking for Qt... configure: error: Qt (>= Qt 3.2) (library qt-mt) not found. Please check your installation!

Unfortuneatly the deb package is not actual. Could you either provide an actual one or tell how to compile. I have debian sid (installed from Kanotix with KDE3.4 running).

Even better would be to have the package in a repository.

But it looks really great. So I would like to test it.

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FJR

15 years ago

a normal
./configure
make
make install
should work.
Have you installed the dev packages?

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jazz

15 years ago

Well, it seems that with all the problems that metabar is having and causing, and a complete lack of documentation or developer support, this app is definitely not ready for public consumption. This app should be pulled from the public domain until such a time as the developer can do extensive testing. This is an example of the crappy software, released after very little testing, that permeates the Linux OS and is part of the reason that Windows users are still using Windows. Bad app.. bad programmer.

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FJR

15 years ago

Yes there is no documentation for metabar because I started it as an app for my own which originally wasn't intended to be released to public. But I got positve feedback and thus I decided to release it here. An there are lots of people who like it though it has a lot of bugs. And I do as much testing as possible on my system. Having a KDE 3.4 installation I don't have the possibility to test on KDE 3.3 or older. I need the feedback from other developers and users to fix bugs what I always try. I also got patches and many mails from users reporting bugs and wishes.
So if you don't like the current state of metabar why don't you write a bug report or send me an email? If I don't know what you don't like I can't change it. Sounds logical, eh? Or change it yourself if you are a good developer. And if you want more docs and info why not write an mail to me? I always try to answer them.
If you want to criticise me, so be some more constructive.

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goldenboy

15 years ago

So, what is the 0 in front of the dot trying to say to you???
This software is still under _development_ and - also it is buggi for shure - it is a great improvement of KDE.

So, if you don't like it, just don't install it. That there are problems with this software, can easily be seen by reading the comments. But quit posting such crap...

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manor

15 years ago

Idiot.Go back to your mummy.

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jazz

15 years ago

I tried to compile this on an AMD Athlon XP 3000+, 512Mb ram, 160Gb hd running Fedora Core 3 (full install) and I got the following errors:

metabar.cpp' || echo './'`metabar.cpp
metabar.cpp:43: error: visibility arg must be one of "default", "hidden", "protected" or "internal"
metabar.cpp:59: error: visibility arg must be one of "default", "hidden", "protected" or "internal"
make[2]: *** [metabar.lo] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/ianmac/Documents/downloads/metabar/src'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/ianmac/Documents/downloads/metabar'
make: *** [all] Error 2

Anyway to fix this so I can use metabar?

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albireo

15 years ago

As you can see in previous messages it exists a problem with SuSE distro. It seems that metabar only works as root user, others users only can charge the metabar writing "konqueror --profile filemanagement". It exists a patch by linux3114a which provides a script that executes konqueror in this way.

I have "discovered" another way (probably you alredy know it) that consists in execute konqueror as the user you are (for example clicking "Advanced options" in the properties of the application). So kdesu is forced to be executed and konqueror is open with metabar option.

The problem i have found with these two methods is that i feel konqueror charges slower (but it can be only my subjective impression).

So, if you clever minds find a solution please, notify us it.

Thanks a lot and sorry my horrible english.

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mrfaber

15 years ago

I'm running Gentoo with KDE 3.3, and I can't compile Metabar 0.7. Here's the error:

/bin/sh ../libtool --silent --mode=compile --tag=CXX i686-pc-linux-gnu-g++ -DHAVE_CONFIG_H -I. -I. -I.. -I/usr/kde/3.3/include -I/usr/qt/3/include -I. -I/usr/kde/3.3/include/arts -DQT_THREAD_SUPPORT -D_REENTRANT -Wnon-virtual-dtor -Wno-long-long -Wundef -Wall -W -Wpointer-arith -Wwrite-strings -ansi -D_XOPEN_SOURCE=500 -D_BSD_SOURCE -Wcast-align -Wconversion -Wchar-subscripts -DNDEBUG -DNO_DEBUG -O2 -O2 -march=athlon-xp -pipe -fomit-frame-pointer -Wformat-security -Wmissing-format-attribute -fno-exceptions -fno-check-new -fno-common -c -o metabar.lo `test -f 'metabar.cpp' || echo './'`metabar.cpp
serviceloader.cpp: In member function `void
ServiceLoader::loadServices(KFileItem, QPtrList&)':
serviceloader.cpp:167: error: no matching function for call to `
KDEDesktopMimeType::userDefinedServices(const QString, KSimpleConfig&, bool)
'
/usr/kde/3.3/include/kmimetype.h:563: error: candidates are: static
QValueList
KDEDesktopMimeType::userDefinedServices(const QString&, bool)
make[2]: *** [serviceloader.lo] Error 1
make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
make[2]: Leaving directory `/var/tmp/portage/metabar-0.7/work/metabar/src'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/var/tmp/portage/metabar-0.7/work/metabar'
make: *** [all] Error 2

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manor

15 years ago

Here the same problem.Gentoo and no way to compile ...

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smileaf

15 years ago

Move the config button that is in the upper right hand corner to the lower corner.
Why? This would increase the available room for the file/directory name.
As it stands just about everything is displayed with ... in the center.

If possible. Why even have that button? first time I saw it I thought of the same looking button that's in the properties of a file which allows you to edit what the file type opens with.
This makes it a little confusing to new users.
surely there is a way we could have a menu someplace to access this config? If not I'd suggest to the KDE devs to add this support in.

Overall excellent addition! thank you :)

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google01103

15 years ago

would prefer information section on top and still think vertical spacing should be tightened - other than that definetly should be part of standard KDE package

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loki

15 years ago

metabar 0.7 doesn't compile properly on KDE 3.3.
I submitted two patches on metabar's bugzilla to compile on KDE 3.3 and 3.4:
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=1176580&group_id=131876&atid=722547
http://sourceforge.net/tracker/index.php?func=detail&aid=1176579&group_id=131876&atid=722547

SUSE RPMs available on my site (with fixes applied):
http://linux01.gwdg.de/~pbleser/rpm-navigation.php?cat=Utilities/metabar
(metabar 0.7 RPMs will be available tomorrow morning (2005-04-05), GMT+1)

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hunt0r

15 years ago

Hi,
as you can see from the screenshot my umlauts are not displayed correctly.

Maybe it is because i have suse wich is using UTF-8?

Screenshot: http://hunt0r.org/metabar/umlauts.png

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sefur

15 years ago

I have the same problem, but under my Polish suse 92 and KDE 34 (utf8)...

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sango

15 years ago

Same problem here with umlaute here.
Also i have SuSe 9.1, but i have set latin1 as lang, so there must be another reason.

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k-bochi

15 years ago

You should have kept the old design, and make the new one optional. I really liked the old one better.

Also, it seems to have problems with german umlauts in the Servicemenu.

Anyway, thanks for metabar, it really really rocks!

Cheers,
Stefan

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goldenboy

15 years ago

I missed metabar 0.6 but I think as well that the current design is not as good as the old one (metabar 0.5)...

An option for choosing the design would be great.

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linux3114a

15 years ago

mtaskbar-0.7-s92k34.i586.rpm at http://home.tiscali.be/raoul.linux/download.htm

work fine now for normal users ! ! !

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srs

15 years ago

can you provide a version for older suse/kde (9.1 kde 3.3)?

thanks

srs

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linux3114a

15 years ago

Yes , You can find a version for Suse 9.1
with KDE 3.3 at the following link
http://linux01.gwdg.de/%7Epbleser/rpm-navigation.php?cat=/Utilities/metabar

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suslik

15 years ago

Hmmm... 0.7's new design is what you get when you mess with an already good thing.

Why add useless lines (with arrows pointing down) when they just add to vertical space? The meta bar is already pushing it on 800x600. Imho, hiding/showing by clicking the category buttons worked just fine.

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ruurd

15 years ago

Hmmm. I think it's much better. Fits in better with the rest of the colors, much less XP-ish look...

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15 years ago

### Changes since 0.7:
Complete rewrite
NEW: Use of kparts instead of arts for preview

### Changes since 0.6:
NEW: Graphical redesign (again)
NEW: Disabling/Enabling animations
NEW: Use Konqueror's servicemenus
NEW: New icon
FIX: Internal rewrite of some major parts
FIX: the usual minor fixes

### Changes since 0.5:
NEW: Graphical redesign
NEW: Configurable actions
NEW: All of Konqueror's DCOP actions are usable
NEW: Animation of size changes
FIX: Compile error: visibility args
FIX: the usual minor fixes

### Changes since 0.4a:
NEW: Configuration dialog
NEW: Only show a configurable nubmer of actions
NEW: Use konqui's actions via dcop where possible
NEW: Configurable links
NEW: Scollbar if Metabar is too large (has still some bugs)
FIXED: Lose control over player after hiding it
FIXED: Limit width of information labels
and some other fixes I can't remember anymore :)

### Changes since 0.4:
FIXED: metabar_add.desktop not installed correctly
FIXED: 'blank' shown when not opened as default

### Changes since 0.2:
NEW: File previews
NEW: integrated player for audio and video
NEW: More information on files
NEW: Basic actions (like 'delete', 'rename' etc.)
And many bugfixes

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