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KStars Data by madpenguin8 1 comment

Thanks for writing this script! Hopefully the first of many :) - Jun 22 2005

Science by jeremysanders 25 comments

This looks very nice. Is there a way to skip a column when constructing the Descriptor string? e.g., I have a data file in which the first column is an ID string, and can't be parsed as a float... - Mar 23 2005

KDE 3.x Window Decorations by dralgebra 175 comments


I'm using CrsytalGL on my home machine with no problems, and I like it a lot!

Unfortunately, I tried installing it at work as well, but it isn't working here. The titlebar and window borders do not get rendered at all, they simply take on whatever pixels exist behind them (i.e., alpha=100%). However, they also are not getting updated properly when I move the window, so I don't think it's just a transparency thing.

Home machine (crystalgl works): Gentoo amd64

Work machine (crystalgl not working): Fedora core 3 i686

I have verified that opengl is working on this machine (glxinfo shows "Direct rendering: yes" and glxgears shows 2000 fps).

Any ideas? - Mar 03 2005

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by Zoombie 44 comments

First of all, Quicksilver is just about my favorite thing on OSX, so thanks for katapult!

Unfortunately, I am getting a crash whenever I try to open the configuration window (compiled on Fedora core3, KDE-3.3.1).

Maybe I don't need to open the config, but I don't know the default keystroke to open the UI! Maybe you can add that to the (presently empty) README file...

In the meantime, can anyone clue me in as to what keystroke opens the UI? - Feb 28 2005

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by FJR 249 comments

I posted a workaround yesterday, but you already have to go to the archive combobox to see it. Anyway, I'll repost it here:
This is caused by some version collision between KDE and gcc, I think. Here's a workaround that works for me:

edit metabar/src/metabar.cpp

Just below the #include lines, add:

#define METABAR_EXPORT __attribute__ ((visibility("default")))

Change the instance of "KDE_EXPORT" on line 39 or 40 to "METABAR_EXPORT"

Let me know if it works for you... - Feb 25 2005

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by FJR 249 comments

This is caused by some version collision between KDE and gcc, I think. Here's a workaround that works for me:

edit metabar/src/metabar.cpp

Just below the #include lines, add:

#define METABAR_EXPORT __attribute__ ((visibility("default")))

Change the instance of "KDE_EXPORT" on line 39 or 40 to "METABAR_EXPORT" - Feb 24 2005

Science by LMCBoy 13 comments

Thank you for providing a package! - Feb 20 2005
Gentoo Wallpaper

Wallpaper Other by Weza 4 comments

Cool! Looks great :) - Jan 13 2005
Gentoo Wallpaper

Wallpaper Other by Weza 4 comments


I think this wallpaper is good, but could be made a lot better with a few changes (please take this in the firendly open-source spirit in which it is intended!)

I really like the blurry, city-at-night photo, but it doesn't really blend well with the bright purple background color and stark "GENTOO" letters.

Try moving the photo strip nearer to the bottom of the image, and make the background color darker and/or less saturated. Maybe a black edge along the top and bottom of the photo. Also, what do you think about making the "GENTOO" text smaller and right-justified, just below the photo strip? Gentoo logo: semi-transparent? Or get rid of it altogether? - Jan 13 2005

Karamba & Superkaramba by Lechio 80 comments

I really like it. One comment: your clickable areas are 18x18, but the icons are 32x32. Any reason for the difference? Makes it a little harder to hit a button. - Jan 12 2005
Moon of Saturn

Wallpaper Other by nightwriter 2 comments

...can you post the image without the text as well? - Dec 01 2004

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by arminstraub 178 comments

Another data point:

Tried at work (Fedora Core 2, KDE 3.2.2); failed with above errors.

Tried at home (Gentoo, KDE 3.3.0); success!

I suspect it doesn't work with KDE 3.2.x... - Nov 02 2004
KStars Splash

KDE 3.x Splash Screens by meNGele 2 comments

Hey, thanks for creating a KStars splash! That's great, I'm going to tell the rest of the devs about it :) - Oct 18 2004

Utilities by pynm0001 15 comments

On Fedora Core 2, I had to change "-I$(KDEDIR)/include" to "-I$(KDEDIR)/include/kde".

Some ideas:

ability to copy results into the clipboard, and to drag results to other apps.

double-click on an entry in the history list to copy that entry back into the input buffer.

double-click on a result in the history list to copy that value into the current expression in the input buffer.

For example, I type "3+4", and get "7" in the list. I then type "4*" and double-click on "7", and get "4*7" in the input field.

Nice work! - Oct 05 2004
KDE Arecibo

Wallpapers KDE Plasma by croky 1 comment

Nice! Good idea for a wallpaper. - Aug 13 2004

Various KDE Stuff by liucougar 43 comments

...but what the heck is an "input method platform"? - Aug 12 2004
Clean Backup Files

Dolphin Service Menus by LMCBoy 8 comments

Thanks for the fix. Isn't it true that a double // in a path is harmless, though? - Aug 02 2004
New home to Home

Various KDE 1.-4. Improvements by zammi 15 comments

Interesting concept. But why do I want a Home button on every application window? What does it do when clicked, open a kfm instance? I don't see why it's needed in every window's titlebar.

But I like the look of the menus merged into the titlebar, that looks pretty cool. - Aug 02 2004
Konqueror rising

Wallpaper Other by iamlarryboy 4 comments

This is really cool...can you post a version without any text (neither the "KDE" nor "new power rising") ?

PS- thanks for providing KDE cvs builds for gentoo fo so many months! :) - Jul 29 2004
Clean Backup Files

Dolphin Service Menus by LMCBoy 8 comments

Please download 1.0.2. Thanks to Micha Scholl, it will no longer complain when the target directory doesn't contain backup files.

Thanks Micha! - Jun 22 2004
Clean Backup Files

Dolphin Service Menus by LMCBoy 8 comments

No, this does not work if the target directory contains more than one backup file. If I do something like:

if [ -e %u/*~ ]; then mv -f %u/*~ ~/Desktop/Trash; fi

as you are suggesting, then the "*" is expanded to a space-separated list of all the matching files in the directory. -e expects only one argument, so the command fails.

That's why I was trying the more convoluted statement I originally posted. - Jun 22 2004
Clean Backup Files

Dolphin Service Menus by LMCBoy 8 comments


I'm the author of cleanbak. Please be aware that if you try to move backup files to Trash on a directory in which there are no backup files, you'll get some bizarre error message about the mv command not being recognized. I believe this error message appears because mv throws an error if the source file does not exist. I need to avoid or suppress this error, so that konqueror doesn't panic.

So, I have been trying for a few hours to write an Exec command using bash to check whether backup files exist before trying to move them, but I have not been successful. Here is my latest unsuccessful attempt:

Exec=/bin/sh -c 'path=%u; t=$path/*~; if [ $t != "$path/*~" ]; then mv -f $path/*~ ~/Desktop/Trash 2>/dev/null; fi'

So, if backup files exist, then t is a space-separated list of the backup files. If no backup files exist, then t is assigned the literal string "$path/*~" (with $path expanded). That's why I only execute the mv command if $t != "$path/*~". It's an ugly kludge, but it does work in a test shell script I wrote. It just doesn't work in the cleanbak.desktop file:
the mv command is never attempted, whether backup files exist or not.

If anyone has advice or ideas on how to make it work properly, please let me know! - Jun 22 2004

System Software by jkerrb 65 comments


I am using KDar for the first time. I asked it to make 4.7 GB slices, so that I can backup to DVD. However, it just finished the archive, and it's a single slice that is 9 GB in size.
(I have "split archive" checked in the config window, and 4.7 GB for both the slice size and the first slice size...why do we need a separate entry for the first slice? I also checked "pause", but it did not pause when it got to 4.7 GB).

Any idea why it didn't slice it? Can k3b span a single file onto two discs, or will I need to delete it and try again?

Jason - Mar 31 2004
Attach to Email Service Menu

Dolphin Service Menus by dschrader 110 comments

I should point out that I never changed anything in my emaildefaults file, so I would assume that "EmailClient=kmail" (without any arguments after 'kmail') is the default setting. Is that incorrect? - Mar 27 2004
Attach to Email Service Menu

Dolphin Service Menus by dschrader 110 comments


This is great, I love all of these servicemenus! However, it isn't working for me, and I have a fix for you.

In my ~/.kde/share/config/emaildefaults, I have the line:


So, in your python script, the variable emailclient, which starts out as "$KDEDIR/bin/kmail -s %s --body %B --attach %A" gets reset to simply "kmail". This happens on line 54 ("emailclient=ec").

I fixed my local copy by changing line 52 to:

if ( (ec=="") | find(ec,"kmail")!=-1):

Hope that's useful!

LMCBoy - Mar 26 2004
Kim (Kde Image Menu)

Graphic Apps by cbouveyron 197 comments

In the install script, can you please change "/usr/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/" to "$KDEDIR/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/" ?
Some of us don't have KDE installed under /usr :)

thanks! - Mar 24 2004
LaTeX Service Menu

Dolphin Service Menus by cbouveyron 6 comments

I was going to try to patch it, but it works fine here! The pdf file does get created in the same directory as the tex file. I have KDE-3.2.0-rc1.

Thanks for this useful tool, BTW. :) - Mar 24 2004
silver on gray

Wallpaper Other by Emon 5 comments

thanks a lot :) - Mar 22 2004

Audioplayers by amarok 574 comments


I had some trouble compiling the 0.9 release on my Fedora Core1 box. The linker fails with "/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lxine". I have installed both xine and xine-lib RPMs. I had to explicitly make a symbolic link in /usr/lib: -> I guess this is a bug in Fedora's xine or xine-lib RPM. I've seen in the past that the *.so link is provided by a "devel" RPM, but I was unable to find a "xine-devel" RPM for Fedora, so I'm a bit confused.

Anyway, just a heads up if any Fedora users have the same problem.

By the way, if you are going to link to libxine, shouldn't configure check for it?

LMCBoy - Mar 16 2004
Actionmenu "make file executable"

Dolphin Service Menus by optionX 12 comments

Thanks for writing this, it's pretty cool!

Would it be possible to have it detect whether the file is executable, and show either "make file executable" or "make file not executable" in the Action menu, rather than placing both actions in a submenu? Or is that too complex for servicemenus? - Mar 08 2004

Science by LMCBoy 13 comments

Thank you for the kind comments. :)

You will be happy to hear that a true fullscreen mode already exists in CVS. We are also adding an option where the kstars window can adjust its color scheme to a dark-vision theme to match the dark-vision theme of the sky map. (Without this, you'd still have a brightly-colored menubar, toolbar and statusbar, even in fullscreen mode) - Mar 03 2004

Board by yfh2 19 comments

Try doing "export WANT_AUTOMAKE=1.4" before running configure. - Mar 02 2004

Board by mega 5 comments


I just watched the deleted scenes on the DVD of "A Beautiful Mind". This game was invented by John Nash while he was a student at Princeton, because he was frustrated with the mathematical imperfections of Go.

Thought it was pretty interesting, and it reminded me of this! - Mar 02 2004

Arcade by tfry 13 comments

Ok, it still seems like there's something wrong. Even after I visit the "hotspot" in the upper right, I have to get my taxi *incredibly* close to the door before it will open (like a single pixel from crashing it!), and even then, sometimes it does not open. Is this the intended behavior? It's pretty frustrating... - Feb 26 2004

Arcade by tfry 13 comments


I am stuck on the 3rd or 4th level of the "Introduction to TaxiPilot" series. It's the level right after the "KDE Desktop" level.

There does not seem to be any way to get to the "Bottom Right" and "Bottom Left" platforms. There are these door-like blue lines blocking the way, and I can't seem to get them to open.

Can I have a hint, please? ;) - Feb 21 2004

System Software by ksergio 12 comments

Very clever idea! Nice job. - Feb 17 2004

System Software by MxCl 125 comments


We have to make this check for KStars too. sincos() is a GNU glibc extension. Add this line to your "KDE_CXXFLAGS = -D_GNU_SOURCE". This will use the GNU version of math.h, if it is available.

Then, wherever you have sincos() now, you should replace it with:

#ifdef __GLIBC__
#if ( __GLIBC__ >= 2 && __GLIBC_MINOR__ >=1 )
//GNU version
sincos( AngleRadians, &Sin, &Cos );
//For older GLIBC versions
Sin = ::sin( AngleRadians );
Cos = ::cos( AngleRadians );
//ANSI-compliant version
Sin = ::sin( radians() );
Cos = ::cos( radians() );

Hope this helps! - Feb 06 2004

Education Apps by joachim 97 comments

Theology is a perfectly respectable field of inquiry, but it cannot be called a science. It doesn't use the scientific method, and it does not treat its data skeptically. - Feb 02 2004

Video Apps by maldn 139 comments

It's my understanding that netmeeting conforms to the openh323 standard, so it should automatically interoperate with other openh323 clients like gnomemeeting and konference. Behold the power of open standards!

...or am I totally wrong about this? - Jan 27 2004

Audio Apps by Rudd-O 9 comments

Ok, fixed it for my ogg's. The problem was that your desktop files list mime types audio/x-mp3 and application/ogg. My ogg files are identified as mime type audio/x-vorbis. I changed the queeg.desktop file to the audio/x-vorbis mime type, and my oggs work now.

Thanks for the cool little app! :) - Jan 18 2004

Audio Apps by Rudd-O 9 comments

nevermind about it not working, I had forgotten to install trm (doh!). Anyway, I am still not seeing the menu item on my OGG files (although they also don't have the "Play in Noatun" or "Play in Juk" items). Anyone know how to fix this? - Jan 18 2004

Audio Apps by Rudd-O 9 comments

Cool program, but your install script assumes that KDE is instaled at /usr, so it won't work on a lot of systems. Why not use the following?

cp quees $KDEDIR/bin/
cp quees.desktop $KDEDIR/share/apps/konqueror/servicemenus/
echo Install finished

Also it isn't working for me. It opens the musicbrainz webpage, but without a TRM ID number. And I don't have the servicemenu item on my ogg files, just mp3... - Jan 18 2004

Graphic Apps by amantia 15 comments

Looks interesting...why not link to some example galleries generated with Kallery from your webpage? - Jan 15 2004
Album Shaper

Graphic Apps by wstokes 37 comments

Exactly what I have been looking for. Album Shaper rocks. - Jan 06 2004
6,760 Fonts

Fonts by SeanParsons 62 comments

Anyone else having trouble downloading the fonts with Konqueror? It keeps opening the ttf files instead of asking to save them. And Choosing Locations|Save As doesn't work either. I have to cut and paste the URL onto a wget cmd line. Any help? - Jan 05 2004

Office Apps by michellu 53 comments

I use it daily. Thanks! - Jan 05 2004

Board by epasveer 4 comments

KrosswordPlayer is one of my favorite time-killers on KDE. Anyone have good sources of crossword files? - Jan 04 2004
Crystal SVG

Full Icon Themes by everaldo 132 comments

Hi Everaldo,

Fantastic icon set! However, the index.desktop file states the name as "Crystal SVG beta1". I already had an icon set with this name installed from KDE CVS, and it is *NOT* this icon set, it is 0.9 I believe. Anyway, when I installed the new one, my kconfig showed both names listed, but selecting either one just showed the old icons. I fixed it by modifying your index.desktop file so the name is "Crystal SVG 1.0". - Oct 14 2003
Crystal SVG

Full Icon Themes by everaldo 132 comments

There's a great app for creating SVG icons called sodipodi. There's also a KDE app called karbon14. However, I think a lot of people still use Adobe Illustrator on Windows. - Oct 14 2003
Pleiades Bound, Orion Loosed

Wallpaper Other by timbrown527 90 comments

And in what way do you think that is any different from a description of the stars in Orion? The only difference is that the stars in Orion have had more time to disperse. - Sep 23 2003